Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.
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
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading