Diversity 1


Course Objective

This course is part of the Faculty Programme Social Sciences for
Society. The course is followed by Diversity 2.

Laarning objectives

Knowledge and understanding. Students have acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the different conceptualizations of diversity within the disciplines
of Sociology, Organization Siennce, Political Science, Public
Administration and Communication Science;
(2) the most important theoretical perspectives on diversity;
(3) the social, political, governmental and cultural changes that have
influence on diversity and processes of inclusion and exclusion;
(4) the various dimensions of diversity (e.g. class, gender, ethnicity,
sexual preference, visible and invisible constraints);
(5) the fact that that a problem can take on a different
character if approached from a different discipline.

Application. Students have acquired the competences to:
(5) explain that diversity is not simply a theoretical or political
reality, but has to do with how you see, represent and structure
(6) analyse a problem related to diversity;
(7) identify their own real-world examples as they relate to social
developments and issues of emancipation, power and interest.

Making judgments. Students are able to demonstrate:
(8) sensitivity to the complexity of the theme of diversity;
(9) reflexivity on their own position in relation to diversity and the
ability to discuss their position and their ideas in a profound and
thoughtful manner;

Learning skills. Students have acquired the skills to:
(10) present their own real-world examples in context and analyse them
by means of relevant literature from different disciplines;
(11) explore and understand the attitudes to and perspectives on
diversity represented by various disciplines, including the aspects
emphasized and omitted by various approaches;
(12) to colloborate with others who employ ifferent perspectives from
their own.

Course Content

This course aims to promote awareness of diversity and to generate
interest and curiosity as to what diversity really is about, and the
ability (or inability) to perceive, feel and experience it. Where can it
be found? In which practical issues and phenomena can you see a lack of
diversity (to date) or a shift towards diversity? By looking at these
areas, various forms of diversity will be dealt with and
intersectionality will be addressed. By way of addressing
present day examples e.g. political happenings, the course will show
that diversity is not simply a theoretical or political reality, but has
to do with how we see, represent and structure society. In other words,
diversity is not an objective phenomenon but socially constructed, a
perspective from which we look at society and people. Hence what
diversity is can differ enormously. In sum, the course aims to foster
sensitivity to the complexity of the theme. Students will learn to
distinguish between diversity as ‘variety’ and as a social-societal
phenomenon that is always related to power and politics, and to
processes of inclusion and exclusion.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, tutorials and in-class assignments.

Method of Assessment

Written and/or oral examination.


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! Please note: You can register for only one of the following courses: Diversity 1, Globalization 1 or Networks 1.

General Information

Course Code S_D1
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. E.W. Bal
Examiner dr. E.W. Bal
Teaching Staff prof. dr. J.T. Sunier
dr. L.S. Nencel

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.

Target audiences

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