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DAFF 2315A - Multiculturalism, Diversity and Changing Identities in a Global World

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Students will be guided to read relevant texts from a wide diversity of literature. In each weekly two-hour conference, we will focus on a particular theme. During the conference a student will give a presentation lasting ten minutes before the class. The main goal of the presentation is to communicate and argue persuasively one's viewpoint on a topic. Following there will be feedback on the presentation and a class discussion on the theme.

Course Description

In the twenty-first century, national minorities, ethnic groups, women and sexual minorities are increasingly demanding recognition based on their differences. The belief that sharing a core culture is essential to the cohesion of a group has come under ever-increasing scrutiny. This interdisciplinary course, which draws on political and social theory, sociology and social psychology will explore what it is to live in a multicultural world where identities are in flux. What is the value of diversity? In the first part of the course, which will introduce students to one of the most dynamic areas of contemporary inquiry, we will study multiculturalism, diversity and gender by introducing the main debates. The objective is to explore how categories of difference – race, gender, ethnicity, nationality and sexuality are interrelated. We will consider the theoretical underpinnings of multiculturalism to asses the normative as well as pragmatic arguments for and against it. How does multiculturalism fit into current debates about equality, globalisation and identity? In the second part of the course, we will consider actual cross-cultural case-studies to explore how states have developed diverse multicultural policies related to cultural pluralism. We will also explore how gender and other categories of difference interact with modern institutions in contemporary society. Throughout the course we will analyse different ways of looking at power and political culture in modern societies with the objective of developing our ability to think critically about mechanisms for change.


DE POUZILHAC, Hélèna (Enseignante)

Course validation

Students will be asked to complete individual oral presentations and group work and present one dissertation. Group work will be evaluated as well as participation in class.

Required reading

  • Kivisto, Peter, Multiculturalism in a Global Society, Blackwell, Oxford, 2002
  • Kymlicka, Will, Multicultural Citizenship : A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights, Oxford University Press, 1995
  • Modood, Tariq, and Zapata-Barrero, R. (eds), Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship : A European Approach, Routledge, 2006
  • Parekh, B., Rethinking Multiculturalism : Cultural Diversity and Political Theory, Palgrave, 2002
  • Butler, Judith, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity, 2006, New York Routledge (Sciences Po reference 305.4 BUT 2006, third floor Rue Saint Guillaume)