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Exploring Diversity

Course NumberSSI 288W
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: 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. (45-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Expand the definition of diversity beyond traditional views.
Objectives:
  1. Define diversity and identify variables of diversity.
  2. Identify discrimination through self-reflection and exposure to a variety of voices and perspectives.
  3. 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:
  1. Explore biological, sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories associated with diversity
  2. Identify individual and societal losses due to intolerance.
  3. Describe how diversity impacts the classroom, community, or workplace.

Practice communication techniques that foster a safe and inclusive environment.
Objectives:
  1. Practice communication techniques that foster an atmosphere that values all members.
  2. Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to the variety of influences that shape an individual’s perspective on diversity.
  3. 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:
  1. Evaluate one’s cultural assumptions and biases.
  2. Analyze and evaluate issues, positions, viewpoints and ideas when exploring diversity
  3. Identify behaviors that foster global citizenship
  4. Demonstrate intercultural knowledge in developing a global worldview.

Develop resources for infusing diversity into the classroom.
Objectives:
  1. Create a learning activity or assignment that addresses diversity in a global world.
  2. Explore online resources related to diversity in the classroom
  3. Share activities or resources related to increasing awareness and respect for human diversity.




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