Communicating Identity and Difference: A Critical Interpersonal Approach


  • Erin Ashley Brummett Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


communication, critical interpersonal, difference, identity


Discussions about the intersections of identity, culture, and communication are ones that are quite common when it comes to teaching courses in the interpersonal communication discipline.  Courses are designed to help students develop skills in competence when communicating across cultural differences as well as developing a positive self-image through social interactions with others.  Not as mainstream are courses that take on a critical interpersonal approach and engage students in content that demands in-depth self-reflection and examinations of the social construction of identity and the social discourses that define cultural differences.  The course introduced in this manuscript is one that was developed as a 300-level Communication Studies undergraduate course for department majors and interdisciplinary minors entitled, “Communicating Identity and Difference.”  The structure and content of this course can be particularly useful for instructors wanting to explore topics of identity and difference from a critical interpersonal communication perspective.

Author Biography

Erin Ashley Brummett, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Erin A. Brummett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


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