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Course module: 840804-B-6
Discovering Diversity
Course info
Course module840804-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Is part of
B Liberal Arts and Sciences
prof. dr. M.M.S.K. Sie
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 20/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

1) Describe what implicit biases are and how they relate to stereotypes and prejudices.
2) Describe what stereotypes and prejudices are and what role they play in our interactions with one another.

2) Describe how stereotypes and prejudices connect with other phenomena discussed in psychology and philosophy, such as epistemic injustice, micro-inequities and aggressions.
3) Discuss our moral responsibility for stereotyping and prejudiced behaviour under the influence of implicit biases in an academically responsible way.

4) Participate in discussions about diversity policies informed by the empirical and philosophical literature on stereotypes, prejudices and implicit bias.
5) Explain how diversity is related to discrimination and affirmative action and discuss what philosophical challenges ‘diversity,’ ‘discrimination,’ and ‘affirmative action’ offer.

6) Articulate one’s own position with respect to the topic of implicit bias and moral responsibility in an academically responsible way, that is, with reference to possible other positions and the ability to discuss the (dis)advantage of one’s own and the other positions.

With respect to the general qualification of the bachelor L.A.S. this course contributes to, your ability to:

1) To identify societal issues and developments in an European context

2) Combine and integrate elements of different academic disciplines, especially from philosophy and psychology, in order to explore complex theoretical and practical problems and to offer creative and innovative solutions

3) Communicate expertise build upon scientific research in accessible and adequate manner, both orally and in writing, to an audience of specialists and non-specialists

4) Present and defend scientifically based viewpoints on relevant topics in an academic, respectful, clear and convincing manner and change one’s point of view when new insights are acquired

5) Act upon acquired knowledge and insights by demonstrating social commitment, responsibility and ethical awareness.

Skills taught and/or practiced:

1) analytic, critical reading skills (of academic texts)

2) careful reconstructive and creative skills (preparing a presentation), with use of new media

3) cooperative skills (group-assignment)

4) skills to discuss personal, important and politically sensitive matters in an academic and morally responsible way
What is the course about?
For several years now, ‘diversity’ has become the buzzword in the political and policy domain. Many people have come to believe that it is a bad thing that certain areas and domains are uniformly made up of members of specific homogenous ‘social groups.’ In as far as this uniformity discloses discriminatory practices (broadly understood, that is, not necessarily as the result of intentional discrimination), which many believe to be the case, it is morally problematic and an important source of concern. An important driving force behind the contemporary interest in diversity is the empirical research on implicit bias that has come available in the past decades. These findings suggest that our everyday interactions are influenced in ways that escape our awareness and that are strongly related to stereotypes and prejudices we harbour, for example with respect to the social groups to which people belong. In this course we take a step back from the many difficult and heated political and policy discussions surrounding diversity, to investigate and discuss the empirical and philosophical research on implicit bias and what we can learn from it. Is the inclination to categorize one another socially really so deep-seated and widespread as some people claim? If so, how can it escape our awareness? What are we think of our moral responsibility vis-à-vis these biases? And what exactly is so harmful about stereotyping, do we not need stereotypes to act quickly in a complex social world as ours?
- Assignments 
- Open Book Exam
In view of the move to an online environment many details about the organization of the course are currently still being finetuned. These will be communicated via Canvas a.s.a.p. Do expect seminars, online or offline, that require an active attitude of you and being well-prepared.

Compulsory Reading
Will be announced through Canvas before the start of the course. Expect philosophical readings that require you to study a text in depth.
Recommended Reading
Will be announced through Canvas before the start of the course
Contact person
prof. dr. M.M.S.K. Sie
Timetable information
Discovering Diversity
Required materials
Recommended materials

Final Grade

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