Diversity and multiculturalism as part of the civic education process
BITTE BEACHTEN: GILT ALS STAATSEXAMENSVORBEREITUNGSKURS; BESONDERE RAHMENBEDINGUNGEN, START: 7. MÄRZ; SCHNELLE EINSCHREIBUNG NÖTIG
“Embedded State Exam Seminar”
Special dates on Monday, starting March 7, German time: 12.00 (after March 21: 11.00, note the difference in winter / summer time zones)
The main part of the online course is taught by Dr. Aviv Cohen (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel). Dr. Cohen is a specialist in Civic Education (see https://huji.academia.edu/AvivCohen).
This course offers a special integrative and innovative format. It is “embedded” in a regular, if shortened state exam preparation course. The main part of the course is taught by Dr. Aviv Cohen, as an international online course. Students from FSU Jena will be joined by Jewish and Palestinian students in a group of ca. 20-25 participants. This is a unique opportunity to discuss matters of heterogeneity, diversity etc. (see below) in a multicultural setting. You will be asked to cooperate and work on assignments together.
We will have an introductory session with FSU students one week prior to the course’s commencement (tba). After the course, there will be two extra sessions with FSU students, probably on June 27, July 4. Please note that the exam for the course will be in line with official requirements of our university: there will be an oral exam (last week of term, covering content of the course plus one additional topic from our list of EFL topics, please consult our homepage).
I will participate in Dr. Cohen’s course. The main part of the course is not team-taught, however, but taught by Dr. Cohen. We will try to put the course into a German perspective in our sessions before and after the course.
Here is Dr. Cohen’s description of the course:
This course aims to raise awareness of issues of diversity and multiculturalism as part of the civic education process. We will first read theoretical writings highlighting the importance of dealing with different types of diversity as part of education in a democratic state. Following, we will examine various international case studies that deal (for better or for worse) with such issues, discussing the following topics: national diversity, religious diversity, racial diversity, gender diversity, and linguistic diversity. Finally, we will explore several pedagogical approaches that enable teachers and practitioners to address such classroom topics. Throughout the course, students will be asked to reflect on their personal stances and roles in this regard.