The Challenges of Multiculturalism

six key social issues for understanding our diverse world
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

The diversity that we see everywhere around us in today's world can be both good and bad. It is hard to imagine a world without this diversity, but living with differences can be challenging. We all live multiculturalism today, whatever we may call it. Differences of cultures, religions, lifestyles, and many other aspects of life enrich our world but also seem to generate fears and concerns.

To live with such diversity we need to understand what it is about, and how we can face the challenges and problems that our societies face. In this course I will discuss with you a number of issues that I have been researching, teaching, and writing about for the last twenty years.

We will explore the questions raised about the death of multiculturalism, and ask if diversity is a good or bad thing. I will highlight six key challenges of multiculturalism, including understanding the process of living with differences, the threat of conflict, differences based on economics and identity, the importance of education, and the role of religion within the challenges of multiculturalism. As illustration of this last point, I will highlight the problems of fear of Islam and Islamophobia as a form of racism.

In conclusion I will give a brief overview of some questions about diversity and change in the UK, and highlight how - whether we want it to be or not - the twenty-first century is one that is dominated by diversity and multiculturalism. It is something that we need to learn about and understand.

This course is a short introduction to my interests in multiculturalism, and is aimed at anyone who has an interest in these questions. It does not expect any knowledge of the subject, and will hopefully make you think about the world that we live in.

What are the requirements?

  • No previous knowledge of the subject is required.
  • The course is taught as a general introduction to some key issues in today's world. Anyone who has an interest in the issues of diversity and the challenges that living with differences create will find this course interesting.
  • The most important requirement for the course is a curiosity about the big questions of the twenty-first century, about how we can learn to live with and understand the diversity that is all around us.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will have a taste of some contemporary ideas about diversity and multiculturalism
  • You will have explored some of the good and bad things about multiculturalism and diversity
  • You will have considered the question of the death of multiculturalism, whether it is try, and why some politicians might say this
  • You will have examined six key challenges of multiculturalism, including issues of avoiding conflicts, economics, identities, education, religion, and the need to see it as an ongoing process
  • I also hope that by the end of this course you will be inspired to explore the topic further - it is so much a part of the world we live in

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who has an interest in multiculturalism, diversity, society, and the world we live in
  • The course is taught at an introductory level, with the aim of it being easy to follow, but also critically engaging.

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Curriculum

Promotion Video: The Challenges of Multiculturalism
Preview
02:26
Section 1: Getting started on the challenges of multiculturalism
Introduction
04:07
What is multiculturalism?
06:14
Section 2: Multiculturalism and Diversity
Is multiculturalism good or bad? Negative issues
04:18
Is multiculturalism good or bad? On the more positive side
07:17
The death of multiculturalism?
Preview
11:03
Section 3: Six key challenges of multiculturalism
Multiculturalism as a process
03:30
Keeping the peace
Preview
05:09
Economics and disadvantage
07:34
Education and the creation of multicultural citizenship
06:49
Discourse and identity
05:40
Religion and diversity
06:06
Section 4: Islamophobia
What is Islamophobia
Preview
12:32
Why should we care about Islamophobia?
14:47
Section 5: Conclusion: does multiculturalism have a future?
Multiculturalism and the UK
06:45
Multiculturalism and the inevitability of change
07:00
Multiculturalism 2.0?
05:41

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Instructor Biography

Malory Nye, Writer, academic, and free range professor

Hi, I am a scholar with more than twenty years of experience teaching some fascinating subjects, including religion, multiculturalism, Islam, gender, new religions, alternative spirituality, Hinduism, Sikhism, contemporary society, secularization, and the anthropology of religion (amongst many other things).

I have taught at a number of universities: I was Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen and also the University of Abertay Dundee; I was Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling, and Lecturer at King's College London. I was for several years the Deputy Principal, and then the Principal of the Al-Maktoum College in Dundee. I have also been for a short time a Visiting Professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.

My aim is to put some of my huge enthusiasm for teaching into several new courses that I am going to develop for Udemy, which should become available over the next few months. I love teaching, and I love to get people thinking about the things that interest me, such as issues of religion (and religions) in the modern world, how we deal with a diverse and pluralistic world, and what culture and multiculturalism are about.

I have written several books and a number of academic papers, but in today's world there is never enough time for reading enough of the things that interest us. Some of my courses will be related to my books and writing, as a stand-alone taster of what I have put in print. In a nutshell, I will be offering a range of courses related to the cultural gaps and conflicts we all face - from a variety of different perspectives.

I am currently self-employed, in an independent position that I have come to think of as a 'free range professor', and I live in Perth, Scotland.

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