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Exploring Diversity

EDU 388W

Exploring Diversity

EDU 388W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 AND WRITING LEVEL 2.

Explores themes, issues, perspectives and experiences related to diversity. Provides an opportunity to reflect and practice an interdisciplinary approach to the study of diversity in a global world. Credit may be earned in only one of the following: SSI 288W, SSI 289W, EDU 388W, EDU 389W, IHU 280W, or IHU 281W. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Expand the definition of diversity beyond traditional views.

Objectives:

  • Define diversity and identify variables of diversity.
  • Identify discrimination through self-reflection and exposure to a variety of voices and perspectives.
  • Develop a scale or continuum of diversity perspectives and reflect on one’s personal growth along that continuum.

Explore how variables of diversity influence society.

Objectives:

  • Explore biological, sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories associated with diversity
  • Identify individual and societal losses due to intolerance.
  • Describe how diversity impacts the classroom, community, or workplace.

Practice communication techniques that foster a safe and inclusive environment.

Objectives:

  • Practice communication techniques that foster an atmosphere that values all members.
  • Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to the variety of influences that shape an individual’s perspective on diversity.
  • Reflect upon a variety of learning activities that promote diversity awareness and challenge intolerance and discrimination.

Demonstrate personal and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Objectives:

  • Evaluate one’s cultural assumptions and biases.
  • Analyze and evaluate issues, positions, viewpoints and ideas when exploring diversity
  • Identify behaviors that foster global citizenship
  • Demonstrate intercultural knowledge in developing a global worldview.

Develop resources for infusing diversity into the classroom.

Objectives:

  • Create a learning activity or assignment that addresses diversity in a global world.
  • Explore online resources related to diversity in the classroom
  • Share activities or resources related to increasing awareness and respect for human diversity.