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Damarys Espinoza
BIS 293
Bothell Campus

Special Topics

Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.

Class description

The participants of this course will study the notion 'diversity' from many scholarly perspectives and from personal engagements. We will critically visit the historical thinking about ‘diversity’. Questions that drive this course are: What is diversity? Is it important and if so, why? What are the implications to me? How has ‘diversity’ successfully challenged inequalities and how has it been co-opted to support inequality?

We will look into origins and histories of ‘diversity’. We will learn about contemporary issues related to ‘diversity’ such as racism and other oppressions. We will relate ‘diversity’ dialogues to the harsh realities that face certain members of our local and global societies.

Student learning goals

To understand the notion diversity through interdisciplinary perspectives

To study several historical trajectories of oppressions, how oppressions are tied to diversity, and how we are personally involved with these in our everyday lives

To become better critical thinkers by noticing our thinking, pondering how we might think better and practice thinking differently

To become better critical writers by analytically discussing, promoting, and critiquing the historical thinking about diveristy, as well as contemporary issues related to diversity dialogues

To engage in conversations about difference and societies' engagement with difference

To learn how to work collaboratively, as both a learner and researcher and thereby increase knowledge about diversity

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Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Damarys Espinoza
Date: 10/12/2012