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Introduction to Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity

Experiential Learning

Start Date: ארכיון - פתוח לצפיה
Duration: 14 weeks
Price: Free

Course Description

Course Description This course will be different from any you have taken until now, both pedagogically and technologically! The assignments and activities on the course take place in a unique virtual world. Until now the emphasis in courses on multiculturalism has been to introduce the student to the other by means of films, stories and articles and not through getting to know the other personally, and even to step into his/her shoes. However, in this course, in order to get to know the other and be exposed to different cultures, we will approach multiculturalism from a number of angles; we will enter a virtual space where you will meet people and get to know something of their worlds. During the course you will work collaboratively with six other students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Each group will receive a virtual island and will build knowledge together. You will take on tasks that include simulations and role play. Each study unit will broaden perspectives on the topics through academic literature, and we will discuss the implications for education and classroom practice. During the units you will be asked to reflect and share with your group your experiences. • • You will deal with personal and group identity and the connection between our identities and the surrounding society. • • You will examine whether multiculturalism is an existing fact, or a value in society, and you will learn about the many benefits of it. • • You will discuss, in depth, dilemmas of multiculturalism in the global world, and get to know different perspectives on those issues. • • You will study empathy and how one can foster empathy between groups. • •You will consider multiculturalism in classrooms, delving into the tendency to divide into categories in general and among students in particular, and ways to deal with it. • You will discuss perspectives on language, the mother tongue and the connection between language and culture. • Finally, you will examine what is happening in multiculturalism in the world today. • The course concludes with an escape room in the virtual world which goes over the material covered in the course.

What You Will Learn

  • • You will deal with personal and group identity and the connection between our identities and the surrounding society.
  • • You will examine whether multiculturalism is an existing fact, or a value in society, and you will learn about the many benefits of it.
  • • You will discuss, in depth, dilemmas of multiculturalism in the global world, and get to know different perspectives on those issues.
  • • You will study empathy and how one can foster empathy between groups.
  • •You will consider multiculturalism in classrooms, the tendency to divide into categories in general and among students in particular, and ways to deal with it.
  • You will discuss perspectives on language, the mother tongue and the connection between language and culture.
  • Finally, you will examine how the issues we have looked at are expressed in society.

Instructors

Elaine Hoter

Elaine Hoter Dr.

Ilan Nagar

Ilan Nagar Dr

Noa Shapira

Noa Shapira Dr.

Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad

Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad Dr.

Olgan Goldstein

Olgan Goldstein Dr.

Eman Nahas

Eman Nahas Dr,

Miri Shonfeld

Miri Shonfeld Dr.

Abir Watted

Abir Watted Dr.

Amal Abu Saad

Amal Abu Saad Dr.

Reina Rutlinget-Reiner

Reina Rutlinget-Reiner Dr.

Naomi  Josefsburg

Naomi Josefsburg Dr.

Anat Regev Ladani

Anat Regev Ladani M.Ed

The Introduction to Multiculturalism course deals with complicated issues in our lives such as identity, culture, prejudice, and stereotyping, and connections between groups in the global world. The course uses: experiential learning through virtual worlds to help participants step into the shoes of others; interactive videos to illustrate theoretical issues related to the course content; collaboration in small group student discussions, simulations; and more. Fifteen lecturers from nine colleges and diverse groups in Israeli society came together to develop the course: moslems Christians and jews; observant and secular. The lecturers discuss difficult issues in multiculturalism, sharing their knowledge and experience, in developing a richly varied course. All the theoretical issues are presented by means of interactive videos that show the issues in a friendly and experiential way. The course doesn't just "talk about" multiculturalism but "does", by entering virtual worlds that illustrate experiences and encounters between different groups in places such as airports, clubs, hotels and more. Furthemore, the teachers among you will receive practical suggestions about ways of dealing with cultural diversity in the classroom. The course will be in English, and is aimed at anyone who wants: an in-depth understanding/grasp of what the multicultural approach is; to reflect on and explore approaches to multiculturalism in society; to learn to develop multicultural sensitivity and awareness, both as a member of human society and as a teacher and educator.