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Exploring Diversity/With Project

SSI 289W

Exploring Diversity/With Project

SSI 289W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITNG 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: IHU 280W, IHU 281W, IHU 281HW, EDU 388W, EDU 389W, SSI 288W, SSI 289W, SSI 289HW. (60-0)

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.

Reflect on one's own 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.

Demonstrate the impact of engaging in a diverse world by participating in service learning.

Objectives:

  • Choose a personally relevant project
  • Provide meaningful service to the community or immersion in an alternate culture.
  • Document the service learning experience by examining the differences and similarities encountered and reflect on insights gained.
  • Connect relevance of the experience to the diversity concepts addressed in Outcomes 1-4.