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Natasha Merchant
T EDUC 520
Tacoma Campus

Multicultural Education

Explores major theoretical, political, and pedagogical issues in multicultural education. Studies institutional and cultural discrimination such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, disability, and language. Examines the relationship between schooling and the reproduction of stratification and discrimination, as well as examines curricular and pedagogical approaches to address these variables.

Class description

COURSE PHILOSOPHY The success of this course largely depends on the contributions of each student. Each student is expected to continuously reflect on personal and professional experiences in order to make sense of concepts discussed in class. Bringing personal experiences to the table takes strength and vulnerability, and is an opportunity to develop trust and a community space in the classroom. In order for this to occur, each student is expected to be courteous of other's perspectives. This respectful discourse will include speaking from one's own experience and avoiding generalizations and stereotypes.

Classroom dialogue and writing are essential aspects of connecting to the course texts. For this reason, the course is designed with a series of mini-lectures followed by free-writes, classroom dialogue and group work. In addition, students will be responsible for presenting summaries and discussion questions of many of the readings. This course frames multicultural education as a social justice intervention to historical and present day inequities in our society.

Student learning goals

What are the major debates and discussions in multicultural education today?

How does multicultural education differ across national contexts?

How can classroom teachers and schools respond to social inequity?

What is your own philosophical and theoretic approach to multicultural education?

General method of instruction

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 Natasha Merchant
Date: 03/25/2012