This is a new and unique one-year program being offered at postgraduate taught level for exploration of a key contemporary idea, which may be of use either as a stand alone program for those involved personally or professionally in this wide ranging issue, or otherwise as a preparation for further research
The concept of multiculturalism is much debated at many different levels and in a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. Some writers have argued that the issue will be one of the defining elements of the twenty-first century and it is very clear that the idea and practice of multiculturalism has dominated political and media agendas consistently through this current decade and is likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The programme aims to explore in depth the concept of multiculturalism, with specific reference to the development of the concept in academic studies (particularly in the past 15 years).
The programme recognises that the term multiculturalism is one widely used in popular as well as academic debates, and which has a number of meanings. However, it will also be taken that the academic use of the term multiculturalism is meaningful, and refers to a specific and fairly coherent set of debates. The main understanding of the term multiculturalism for this programme is as a means to describe contemporary contexts of cultural and religious diversity, and the processes by which such diversity are experienced (by individuals, societies, and countries) and managed (by nation-states).
On this basis, the concept of multiculturalism requires us to consider the social and educational challenges of cultural diversity, along with the need for integration and common ground in a national society among citizens of all backgrounds. Multiculturalism affects all parts of society, and all communities. Therefore, students taking the programme will be expected to reflect on the ways in which the term multiculturalism is used in the wider public debate, in a variety of contexts. The programme will relate the concept to studies of particular national and cultural experiences of multiculturalism from across the world, and to encourage students to compare and contrast different models
Applications now being received for entry in September 2007.
Professor Malory Nye, firstname.lastname@example.org
Therese May Moo, email@example.com
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