EPSY 203

Social Issues Group Dialogue Courses

Enrollment for EPSY 203 courses is currently underway!

These are second eight-week classes, open enrollment that do not require an application. 

EPSY 203 provides students with opportunities to converse on diversity and social justice topic areas. Each section uses a structured dialogue format to explore intergroup and intragroup differences and similarities within historical and contemporary contexts. Each section uses active learning exercises, in addition to weekly readings, reflective writing assignments, and topic-based dialogues. EPSY 203 may be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

Course Topics

Below are the topics that will be offered fall semester 2021.   Please check the class schedule for the most up-to-date information on available sections.

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Exploring Gender: Cisgender/Transgender Dialogue
  • Conservative/Liberal Dialogue
  • Resisting Marginalization

EPSY 203 Course Descriptions

Race and Ethnicity

This course offers students an opportunity to dialogue around what race means on personal, social and institutional levels in the U.S. The focus of the class includes exploration of individual identity and group membership, issues of commonalities, differences, conflicts and ways of working together with and across racial differences. The course also considers how other aspects of identity such as gender, sexual orientation, social class, and religion intersect with racial identity.

Exploring Gender: Cisgender/Transgender Dialogue 

This course provides students with opportunities to use the dialogue model to converse about gender and social justice. The structured dialogue format will invite and encourage participants to share their own experiences and perspectives related to gender, as well as explore interpersonal, intergroup, and intragroup differences and similarities, with a focus on U.S. contexts. Specific topics will address complexity around gender identity, making meaning of cisgender and transgender identities, privileging and marginalizing of gender identities, and working together across gender identities.

Conservative/Liberal Political Orientation

This dialogue will offer students an opportunity to dialogue about the historical and current meaning of conservative and liberal identities. Students will get a chance to unpack the assumptions, agendas, and meanings associated with these concepts and explore the complexities often not addressed when these terms are used as labels.

Resisting Marginalization

This dialogue course provides students with opportunities to learn practical skills for those interested in promoting fairness within groups and organizations.  Topics include analyses of power, systems, and marginalization practices.