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Passing as someone other than who you are is based on hiding your true identity, and pretending to be someone you are not. In our culture, there are a few examples of successful passing, but most popularized examples of passing end in tragedy when the passer’s ‘true identity’ is discovered. With so much at stake, including emotional and physical danger, why would anyone try to pass in the first place? This question is central to the course. Through various psychological paradigms, students explore motives of hidden identities as they relate to four types of passing: passing to survive, passing for better economic opportunities, passing as part of a job profile, and passing to perpetrate crime. Students will examine the mythological and historical context of ‘the pretender.’ Students will also examine the cultural factors that lead individuals to pass on a grand scale, or to engage in everyday types of passing.

COURSE CODE: GSSC 1073                     

CREDIT HOURS: 42 hours                       

PREREQUISITES: None                

COREQUISITES: None                  

PLAR ELIGIBLE:     YES     ( X  )    NO      (    )     

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 2012

PROFESSOR: Lina Medaglia-Miller, Ph.D.                                                                      

PHONE: 416-415-5000, ext. 3005             



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