Diversity 2


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.

With this course we do not want students to memorize facts, but to
develop complex knowledge of diversity issues and to develop critical
thinking skills. Students who have successfully completed the course
Diversity 2 will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

1. Recognize the most important theoretical developments on diversity,
in/exclusion and policy interventions
2. Analyze and explain why diversity problems are difficult to solve,
that interventions can cause new problems or that certain issues are
deeply intertwined with society – in other words, diversity problems are
wicked problems.
3. Able to develop an intervention to a chosen diversity issue in
multidisciplinary teams, while applying knowledge from the own
discipline to the intervention
4. Critically reflect on the consequences of the own normative
positioning for (knowledge) practices as a future scientist, policy
maker, professional, et cetera.

Course Content

After having understood what diversity is, and how diversity works, we
move on to the question: how to deal with diversity, and how to
accommodate it? In this course you will design a practical (policy)
intervention based on a thorough and critical analysis of that problem.
Policies sometimes paradoxically reinforce the outsider status of
minorities in society by singling them out. As such, the design,
implementation and outcomes of interventions are precisely at stake in
this course. In other words, formulating solutions to ‘diversity issues’
are everything but straightforward. In this course we will highlight the
challenges of working with diversity, and shed light on the unforeseen
and unwanted consequences of interventions and solutions. In addition,
you will collaborate with students and link insights of different

Imagine yourself as an academic who is asked to think about possible
solutions or interventions for issues related to diversity, such as
racial profiling or the lack of female professors at university. Imagine
yourself as a journalist or a young policy adviser working on the asylum
procedure, the rise of populism and citizenship models. Can you
formulate possible solutions, escapes and ways out of these thorny
wicked problems? Week after week we will use our theories on concrete
topics, for instance on the jokes we crack, on Tinder matches, on
finding an internship, on all white movie casts and Token from the
animated sitcom South Park. We will reflect on the pros and cons of
affirmative action, on problematic truths, like fake news, and on social
change. At all times, we reflect on the following three questions during
the lectures, which glue them all together.

(1) How is diversity accommodated in a given society or organization?
(2) What is problematic in current approaches?
(3) What are possible interventions? What are alternatives? How can we
build other futures?

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Exam and paper

Entry Requirements

Active participation in Diversity 1.


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. J.A. Pach
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.

Target audiences

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