Last updated March 23, 2017
To build prosperous communities, nurturing schools, and innovative businesses; we require understanding of how to work with people from all walks of life. This course systematically prepares anyone interested in diversity and multiculturalism with important skills to make their environments more inclusive, safe, productive, and connected.
Concepts covered include the cultural, historical, and philosophical foundations of education in a multicultural society. We begin by outlining the principles of multicultural education, before looking at the connections between issues such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.
We also cover less addressed issues of diversity such as language, geography, religion, and the youth culture. Optional discussions, activities, and a range of additional readings deepen the learning so that anyone taking the class can put the ideas into practice right away.
If we are all human beings, why is there so much emphasis on what we look like? This class unpacks race and ethnicity as a social construct. Taking this class will equip you with the skills to understand race and racism.
Some census forms ask for a person's sex, while others ask for their gender. What is the difference? By the end of this class you will understand these differences and be able to see them in your surroundings.
Sex and sexuality has always been a topic of interest for millenia. By the end of this class you will have a greater grasp of what sexual orientation is, and how to be more inclusive to people of different sexual identities.
In this quiz we will test your understanding of Sexual Orientation terms.
The distinction between belief, non-belief, practice and culture are often blurred at best. This lecture unpacks these relationships. By the end of this class you will:
See the relationship between culture and religion.
Investigate strategies to use religion as a way of building inclusive conversations.
We are a world of languages. Scholars around the world have debated whether people think and dream in words. In a multicultural world where people often speak multiple languages, how do we find common forms of communication?
By the end of this class you will investigate how language shapes understanding.
Think deeper about the intersection between language and culture.
Where we are born, grew up shapes how we view the world. Sometimes people growing up on different parts of the same town speak, eat, and interact differently. Where they come from affects who they are. By the end of this class you will understand the nuanced differences that geography can have on groups of people, and even reflect on your own location's influence.
We are either young people ourselves or know young people. If we are young, we have a better understanding of who and what we are, especially why we value certain things--why is Wifi such an important thing to us, and why don't older people get it?
If you do not classify yourself as young (maybe young at heart), and you may have questions about why young people value certain things, why their culture seems very different to your own this class is also for you.
By the end of the class you will be able have more meaningful conversations about what it means to be a young person, and what the youth culture is all about.
In this final class we tie everything together--we look at the principles of multicultural education and how they intersect through each of the components we have addressed each class. By this time, you should be familiar with some of the terms, have some basic management techniques for creating an inclusive environment, and looking forward to making difference a strength wherever you are.
Dr. Warren Chalklen is an education innovator who has taught over 31,000+ students across 158 countries using online and face to face platforms. He is passionate about building individual and organizational capacity in the fields of diversity, policy analysis, and data driven performance with softwares such as Excel, Salesforce and Balanced Scorecard tools. In his spare time he loves to travel and recently returned from a vacation in Brazil!