Seminar in Adoption & Culture|
Spring 2023 not offered
This seminar uses psychology theory and research, as well as interdisciplinary scholarship from across the social sciences and humanities, to critically examine the psychological experience of being adopted. We will examine the nature and experiences of adoption, including international, domestic, transracial, and same-race adoptions. We will draw on critical scholarship that highlights systems of power and questions the established "truths" of adoption (e.g., adoption as saving an orphan). Further, we will examine the ways in which belonging to a minoritized culture, race, or ethnicity impacts the ways in which individuals experience adoption. Example topics include adjustment, birth family, identity, migration, and well-being.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
: This semester we will draw from a variety of materials including journal articles, book chapters, popular press articles, and multi-media (e.g., podcasts, Youtube clips) that will be specific to the individual topics/class periods.
Homans et al. (2018). Critical adoption studies: Conversation in progress. Adoption & Culture, 6(1), 1-49.
Baden, A. L. (2016). ¿Do you know your real parents?¿ and other adoption microaggressions. Adoption Quarterly, 19(1), 1-25.
Mila (2015). Dear adoptive parents: The burden of adoptee loyalty. Thelostdaughters.com
|Examinations and Assignments: |
: TBD ¿ will partially depend on mode of instruction. No exams. Multiple written assignments that are revised throughout the semester
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
: Priority will be given to psychology senior and junior majors.
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