Dr. Machiel Keestra
Sufficient passive and active mastery of English.
After successful completion of the course students are able to:
Diversity and inclusiveness is no longer just a topic for heated debates. Citizens and students in Amsterdam, for example, are members of a 'super-diverse' community, which implies that there is no longer a significant majority group but that 150+ nationalities are living together with individuals being members of various religions, of cultural or ethnic groups, of language communities, of professional organizations, and so on. We will approach diversity from multiple perspectives, not just by discussing it but also by reflecting upon our own positions and by taking action - the latter in the form of a community service.
Diversity, taken in a socio-political and cultural sense, is a complex topic in part because it requires that we reconsider the norms and facts that we usually apply when reflecting upon history, society and human relations. This course will lay bare some of these complexities while focusing on a few specific cases, and provide participants with some theoretical or conceptual tools that they may apply to other cases. During six sessions, we will hear various (guest) lectures while students are also encouraged to actively participate in discussions and in practical exercises that make the complex topic of diversity more tangible.
In addition to the lectures this course requires students to connect their reflections on these issues with a community service that they will perform in Amsterdam. This community service will consist of min. 60 hrs. of work each student individually performs in an NGO or project in the city. The community service must consist of services or tasks performed for a diverse group of pupils or citizens in Amsterdam - like teaching after-school classes to certain groups, or helping physically challenged citizens, etc. Some community service positions will be made available through the course but students - particularly Dutch students - are encouraged to search for a position themselves.
Starts end of October. (Exact information will be displayed on Datanose soon.)
Registration is possible for 2nd year (of higher) students participating in an Honours programme from June 6, 2019 10.00 till June 11, 2019 23.00 through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS.
Placement will be at random. If there are still spots open after the application deadline, students will still be able to register.
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