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Course module: 201500154
Integration and Cultural Diversity
Course infoSchedule
Course code201500154
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Graduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Social Policy and Public Health;
Contact persondrs. G.B.M. Dielissen
Telephone+31 30 2539081
Contactperson for the course
drs. G.B.M. Dielissen
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drs. G.B.M. Dielissen
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mr. Y. Khoudja, MSc
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Teaching period
2  (11/11/2019 to 31/01/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
The course goals are for students to be able to: 
-        Explain the key concepts and identify the current scientific problems and policy issues related to integration and cultural diversity.
-         Be able to apply the most important (psychological and sociological) theories on outcomes of integration processes and the impact of cultural diversity on neighbourhoods, schools and organizations.
-        Acquire knowledge of policy approaches of national and local governments, schools and organizations to issues related to cultural diversity and integration.
-        Critically evaluate the congruence between policy aims and measures on these issues on the one hand, and the available knowledge from theoretical and empirical research on the other. 

In this course, we study the integration of non-Western immigrants in Western societies. The course focuses on the question how multicultural societies deal with issues related to cultural diversity, specifically the possible consequences of cultural diversity within schools, neighbourhoods and organizations.
We first review theory and research on immigrant integration in different domains. Immigrants face all kinds of challenges, limitations and opportunities, and an important question is in what forms immigrants are willing and able to adapt to the host society, and vice versa. We investigate the different acculturation strategies of groups and individuals, and how individual and group characteristics of immigrants and minorities, on the one hand, and societal factors and majority attitudes, on the other, can explain outcomes of integration, within diverse contexts such as education and the labour market, social interaction and political participation.
We then focus on the question how Western societies attempt to deal with cultural diversity and the possible consequences of cultural diversity within schools, neighbourhoods and organizations. We first review the different policy approaches to diversity at the national level. We then turn to the question of the consequences of cultural diversity within schools, neighbourhoods and organizations, in terms of the results and innovativeness of schools and organizations, and in terms of the intergroup relations, and feelings of belonging and satisfaction among groups and individuals within schools, organizations and neighbourhoods. The students are challenged to reflect on how government, politicians, corporations, organizations, schools and individuals can approach issues related to cultural diversity and the possible consequences of local, institutional and national policies.
Academic skills
•        Collecting and analysing scientific literature
•        Analysis of social problems
•        Policy analysis
•        Formulating recommendations for policy and research
•        Academic writing
•        Presenting
•        Providing peer feedback

Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Enrolled for one of the following degree programmes
    • Applied Cognitive Psychology
    • Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Clinical and Health Psychology
    • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship
    • Education, Socialization and Youth Policies
    • Educational Design and Consultancy
    • Educational Sciences
    • Multiculturalism in comparative perspective
    • Neuropsychology
    • Orthopedagogy
    • Policy Analyses and Organisations
    • Social and organisational psychology
    • Social Policy and Public Health
    • Social Policy and Social Interventions
    • Social Psychology
    • Social, Health and Organisational Psychology
    • Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems
    • Work and Organizational Psychology
    • Youth Studies
    • Youth Studies
    • Youth, Education and Society
Required materials
Recommended materials
List of literature will be provided via Blackboard. Literature is available via the libary or online.
Instructional formats

General remarks
Seven -hour lectures.

Work group

General remarks
6 work group session

Class session preparation
Reading literature, reading assignments, linking reading material to current societal issues; paper preparations.

Contribution to group work
discussion of questions regarding the literature,, debates, preparation of paper.

Digital exam
Test weight55
Minimum grade5.5

Knowledge and understanding of societal issues of integration and diversity, policy measures, scientific theories, hypotheses and results; critical reflection on theories and policies.
If the final weighted grade is at least 4,0: substitute test.

Individual paper
Test weight25
Minimum grade5.5

The paper will be evaluated based on knowledge and understanding of a specific integration or diversity issue. The related policy measures should be discussed and linked to scientific theories and empirical results. Recommendations for policy or new scientific research should be provided.
If the final weighted grade is at least a 4.0, students write a revised version taking into account the provided feedback.

End of block 2

Group paper
Test weight15
Minimum grade5.5

Test weight5
Minimum grade5.5

presentation skills and peer feedback

presentations in the form of a pitch of the main ideas of the group paper

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