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190091 SE Special Ethical Questions (2020W)

Critical Whiteness Studies, Diversity and Multicultural Education

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 19 - Bildungswissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

After having carefully reviewed the situation, I decided to teach this class fully online this semester. There will be a blend of (shorter) synchronous online sessions on BigBlueButton (via Moodle) and a series of asynchronous online tasks (“e-tivities”) that you will be working on individually and as a group. Together we will create an online learning community and I greatly look forward to your contributions to this class. Online teaching offers a lot of possibilities for meaningful interactions and I intend to explore these possibilities with you as a group to discuss our important and timely course topics.

Please note that the time slots for our synchronous sessions will stay roughly the same, but that the frequency and duration is subject to some modifications. More details about our synchronous sessions will be provided during our first online class meeting on October 16 which will take place via the video conference BigBlueButton on our Moodle course (attendance required). You will need to participate in the video conference verbally, so please make sure you have a working microphone and ideally also a webcam – it’s also nicer if we get to know each other with video. Please e-mail me if you anticipate any problems ahead of time. Our Moodle course will be available as of October 12. There you will find more details regarding our first online meeting and our first “e-tivitiy”.

Friday 16.10. 15:15 - 17:45 Digital
Friday 30.10. 15:15 - 17:45 Digital
Saturday 28.11. 11:30 - 16:30 Digital
Sunday 29.11. 09:45 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 18.12. 15:15 - 17:45 Digital
Saturday 23.01. 11:30 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

As our classrooms become more diverse, central tenets of teacher education become how to incorporate elements of multicultural education, critical pedagogy, and social justice into curriculums and conversations to best serve all student populations. This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to affirming diversity by looking at selected research and theory from the fields of Critical Whiteness Studies, Critical Pedagogy, and Multicultural Education. The class also sets out to question and critically reflect the participants’ own identity positions and standpoints as white (or non-white) individuals and how this awareness helps to look at society in different ways. While most scholarly literature and media examples will be taken from a U.S. context, a culturally diverse society that is considered an example for how to (and how not to) navigate diversity in classrooms, we will also attempt to see how diversity needs to be seen differently in a European context, specifically in Austria and Germany. The class thereby establishes the relevance for critical awareness of privileges and for 'unpacking invisible knapsacks' (McIntosh) beyond race and ethnicity. This is particularly important in light of increasingly diversified classrooms which require teachers’ sensibility for their personal blind spots with regards to their own standpoint in society. This seminar thus seeks to blend theoretical concepts with practical applications for the students’ own teaching and learning environments, particularly by affirming diversity and a critical approach to multicultural education.

Assessment and permitted materials

Exam Mode: Class participation, short reflection paper, mini-presentation/lesson plan, final paper / essay.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

40 %: In-Class Work (active participation during our online class meetings and e-tivities on Moodle)
20 %: Reflection Paper (due date: Nov. 29)
10 % Mini-Presentation/Lesson Plan (details announced in class)
30 %: Final Paper/Essay (details announced in class)

Examination topics

The reflection paper and the final paper/essay will be based on course readings. For the mini-presentation/lesson plan some individual research is required.

Reading list

Readings and videos will be made available through Moodle.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 10:10