Diversity 2 - Diversity is About Thinking Beyond Boundaries
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Ethnic Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course is part of the Faculty Programme Social Sciences for Society. The course complements Diversity 1, and aims to enable students to conduct theoretical analysis and to apply theoretical knowledge to concrete issues.
Knowledge and understanding.
The student has acquired knowledge and understanding of:
(1) the development of diversity as a concept and the context(s) in which diversity is analysed and addressed;
(2) the various dimensions of diversity with regard to monodisciplinary and interdisciplinary focal points, and
(3) in a range of contexts: individual, institutional, organizational, political, and policy-related.
Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(4) explore social emancipation processes and policy interventions, their possible advantages and disadvantages, and the circumstances in which they thrive or founder: affirmative action, group rights/privileges, material support, decentralization/self-regulation;
(5) see and analyse diversity in global perspective, including in the framework of human rights, development aid/cooperation, and multinational connections (networks, organizations, multinationals.
Having completed the course Diversity 1, in this second course we will first zoom out and look at theoretical interpretation. This course provides in-depth study and theoretical frameworks (theoretical concretization) to enable the student to see (and position) diversity in a broader context and to reflect on the various questions that arise as we examine the development of diversity (and its predecessors) as a concept, as well as the various arenas in which diversity is, or is not on the agenda. In this course, policy solutions form part of the curriculum and the theme of globalization comes into play.
Lectures and tutorials
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Midterm and final exam.
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