Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Participation Cultural and Social development studies
Hochschule Luzern Lecturer Siela T. Ardjosemito‐Jethoe
1 INTRODUCTION Diversity is a global topic which has positive and negative connotations. There are different perspectives on what diversity is and if it is contributing to new formations of society or that it is holding developments back. For the social professional it is important to have a professional and funded view on different subject within diversity and diversity as a part of social conduct as a whole. Understanding diverse subjects and working with people on a more practical level whom are all diverse by themselves and as groups within cities, villages and the broader society plays an important part for this professionalization. Focusing on diversity is also focusing on identity. These two topics are linked at the root. The following questions are examples for processes linking the both: In what way do individuals and groups interact and what kind of implications does this have for building communities which are working towards equality. And what role does cultural engagement have in accomplishing this goal. Further, what social constructions can contribute in a positive way to harmonize processes which allow a viable situation for ‘the good’ life of individuals, groups and the community at large. In these lectures we will be working on different related subjects, on one hand theorize and understand diversity and on the other hand have practical implications, methods and tools for the professionalization of social work professionals. Recognizing issues relating to diversity, deconstructing problems and social issues, addressing subjects that are causing friction and working on diverse possible solutions are all a part of the working ground of the social professional. This program guide contains a general introduction (as stated on this page) on the topic of diversity, theories used for the lectures, the subjects, the program goals and will contain a program overview.
2. THEORY These lectures are funded on different theoretical concepts with the commonality that they are all based on constructivism. The idea of constructing and deconstructing identity, diversity and society is key for the social work professional. During the lectures the following theories will be addressed: The Multicultural Triangle (Baumann, (1999), the TOPOI model (Hoffman, 2002), Superdiversity (Vertovec, 2007).
3. SUBJECTS The next subjects will be an integrated part of the program: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Concepts of culture Concepts of gender Concepts of religion Concepts of race and ethnicity (Cultural) Communication Systems of exclusion
4. GOALS The program will be contributing to the next two professionalizing goals: 1. Understanding socialization processes and the influence of these processes on biasness for individuals, groups and society in general. 2. Developing basic professional perspectives on diversity and the general concepts of construction.
5. PROGRAM OVERVIEW Theoretical Lectures Subjects 1 Culture
Assignments Assignments 1. (attachment 1)
Gender Religion Race/ethnicity
Debate Assignment 2, (attachment 2)
Interactive/ practical Lectures Subjects 5 Judgement
Attachment 1 Circle of influence Choose a circle of influence that is most and least influential to you in present time. Describe why you think that is the case? Then write two values that are most important to you now and try to pinpoint the circle of influence that had a part in constructing these values.
me core family extended family friends society
Attachment 2 Diversity circle Give an example of your idea on each of these concepts. Where in your opinion do people tend to conflict and why? Where in your opinion do people tend to find common ground, and why?
values rituals heroes symbols
Course outline for lectures 1‐4 1
How can we construct and deconstruct society 3 theories : The Multicultural Triangle (Baumann, (1999), the TOPOI model (Hoffman, 2002), Superdiversity (Vertovec, 2007). Culture o What is Culture in the common sense? o How do rites of passage fit in? o What is transculturalism Influenced by global village, globalization, industrialization, migration, technological progress, o What is an idiosyncratic multicultural identity? Van Endt Meijeling!
The Multicultural Triangle
Gender What is gender in the general sense? What is masculinity and femininity? What kind of patterns are based on gender‐difference? What role does the LHBT‐movement have in the modern world? Religion What is the place of religion in culture? What are attribution and why is this important for maintaining cultural practice? What role does religion play in daily lives and why can this be meaningful?
Race/ethnicity What is ethnicity or race? Where do young sw‐professionals stand on the topic of integration and assimilation during acculturation processes? What is internalized dominance or submission? Why can this have implication on inclusion and exclusionsystems?
Booklet for Luzern Hochschule Sozilae Arbeit students Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Participation