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Jeanette M. Bushnell
CHID 260
Seattle Campus

Re-Thinking Diversity

Considers the notion of diversity from many scholarly perspectives and from personal engagements. Critically visits historical thinking about diversity and examines contemporary issues such as racism and other oppressions.

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

 notice our thinking, ponder how we might think better and practice thinking differently

 strive to increase knowledge about ‘diversity’ and learn from each other

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

 work on developing skills of building community, working together, developing awareness, listening, evaluating

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

 learn to recognize these processes and become more conscious of our choices as we take on identities and attempt to place identities on others

General method of instruction

guest presentations for 50 minutes every class session then group activities/discussions

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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Last Update by Jeanette M. Bushnell
Date: 02/20/2013