Diversity 2

2018-2019

Course Objective

This course is part of the Faculty Programme Social Sciences for
Society. The course complements Diversity 1, and aims to enable students
to conduct theoretical analysis and to apply theoretical knowledge to
concrete issues.

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding. The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the development of diversity as a concept and the context(s) in
which diversity is analysed and addressed;
(2) the various dimensions of diversity at work, and
(3) in a range of contexts: individual, institutional, organizational,
political, and policy-related.

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(4) explore social categorization processes and policy interventions,
their possible advantages and disadvantages, and the circumstances in
which they thrive or founder: affirmative action, group
rights/privileges, material support, decentralization/self-regulation;
(5) see and analyse diversity in societal perspective, including in the
framework of equal rights, cooperation, and organizations.

Course Content

Having completed the course Diversity 1, in this second course we will
focus on diversity at work. That is, how diversity is incorporated in a
given society or organization. Implementing diversity can be perceived
as thinking beyond the boundaries of social categories and groups.
Paradoxically, working with diversity often implies first seeing the
differences between social categories and groups, before overcoming them
and start thinking in terms of inclusion.
In this course, we will address this paradox by relating to three
central questions:
(1) What is the current state of diversity and inclusion in a given
society or organization? How are different social categories and groups
(e.g., gender, age, culture) represented? How are (individuals from)
these groups perceived and treated (stereotypes, prejudice,
discrimination)?
(2) Which factors play a role in maintaining the current state of
diversity and inclusion in a given society or organization? We will
distinguish between factors at the intrapersonal (e.g., cognitive),
interpersonal (e.g., language), intra- and intergroup (e.g., power)
level.
(3) What is needed to promote change and/or improve the current state of
diversity in a given society or organization? What are effective
policies and interventions? And which challenges do they bring (e.g.,
resistance)?
Diversity can lead to positive results, but it can also have negative
effects. This course will highlight the challenges of working with
diversity.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Exam and tutorials.

Entry Requirements

Active participation in Diversity 1.

Literature

To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).

Target Audience

2nd year bachelor students FSW;
Open as an elective course for Exchange students.

Custom Course Registration

In this course you can not enroll yourself for the tutorials, but you will be assigned by the course coordinator. Note: You do have to register for the course, with the corresponding parts!

General Information

Course Code S_D2
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator S. Cankaya
Examiner S. Cankaya
Teaching Staff dr. R.A. van der Lee

drs. B. Slijper
dr. C.J. Beukeboom
drs. R.L. Larruina
S. Cankaya

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study-group*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.