Diversity in society: current issues and challenge

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode PSMSB-13
Vaknaam Diversity in society: current issues and challenge
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Diversity in society: current issues and challenges
Leerdoelen After participating in this interactive course, a master student will be able:
- to apply relevant theories and empirical evidence in the field of diversity and intergroup relations to societal developments,
- to conduct a theory-driven analyze of current issues and challenges of diversity in society,
- to develop study designs to investigate current issues and challenges of diversity in society,
- to lead a discussion in class,
- to interpret recent developments of diversity in society around the world based on the presentations by students from different nations (i.e. international classroom).
This course applies an interactive learning approach, and asks your active participation in class. This course aims at developing student’s critical and analytical thinking as well as their knowledge transfer skills. This will enable students to apply their academic knowledge to current issues and challenges about diversity in society.
Omschrijving Around the world, societies are diverse; people differ, for example, based on their ethnic background, nationality, sexual or political orientation, or age. This diversity influences how people live together. Diversity could lead to prejudice and discrimination of those who are perceived to be different from oneself. People can be in conflict with other groups, but they may also work together with them. People may experience anger when ingroup members are harmed and engage in collective action to improve the position of their ingroup. Different issues and challenges with respect to diversity or intergroup relations are reported in the media. In this course, the central focus is on social psychological theories of diversity and intergroup relations that can help to explain current issues and challenges with respect to diversity in society. Every session will focus on a different topic. In the first half of the class, students will present and lead the discussion of the main hypotheses and contradictions based on the assigned readings and apply these to current issues and challenges about diversity in their home countries or in the world. They are invited to use creative ideas to engage the class into the discussion. The second half will be dedicated to the discussion of recent empirical research, applied small group assignments, or discussions about societal issues with experts.

Students’ learning outcomes will be evaluated based on a small group presentation and discussion leading in class (20% final grade) and an individual essay (80% final grade) in which they conduct a theory-driven analysis of a self-chosen example of diversity in society. This will be an advanced class for students with an interest and background in social psychology!
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm presentatie, werkstuk (individueel)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. E.H. Gordijn
Docent(en) prof. dr. E.H. Gordijn
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Readings will be available via Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden
Opmerkingen Students in the ASP-track are guaranteed access to this course. This course can not be taken by students from other Master tracks.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma psychologie (EN)  (Ma psychologie (Applied Social Psychology)) 1 semester II b keuze F