Course Description

Social stigma exists. It may be associated with perceptions toward mental illness, socioeconomic status, race, religion, gender identity, body image, and HIV/AIDS, to name a few. Engaging their own experiences and disciplinary knowledge, students will be invited to explore the existence of stigma in their lives—on campus, in their communities, and beyond.

Stories help humanize issues and are invaluable as educational and awareness-raising tools. Reading works of psychology, art therapy, and sociology; viewing multimedia artwork; and interacting with community members, students will examine the existence of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination, and explore how narratives play a role in social justice and in eliminating stigma. 

Verbal and Visual Narratives

After the study of various stigmas, students will create some form of narrative. Digital stories stand out for their directness of emotional expression and voice. Capturing personal anecdotes, students will help bring to life the reality of individual and or group experience. The narrative may be produced in a number of ways, though it means the combination of image and text in some form. The visual components may be provided by various art forms including painting, drawing, photography, collage, digital imaging, and/or video. We will also have an exhibition and/or presentation of the final products at the end of the term (location is to be determined).