This course deals with public policy and, more specifically, policies that deal with diversities in three areas: migration and global talent management, gender, and language.
How is diversity represented in public policy? How do new ideas enter the policy agenda? The course introduces general aspects of public policy as well as more specific types of policy interventions in the field of migration and global talent management, gender, and language in institutional contexts.
The course is divided into four modules:
The first module (2 lectures; Spadavecchia) provides an overview of concepts and theories in policy-making in general (decision-making processes, aims, means, actors, and rationales for policy-making).
The second module (4 lectures; Spadavecchia) focuses on policies that deal with migration, especially highly skilled and global talent management. What is highly skilled migration, and what are knowledge-based economies? What are the philosophies behind global talent management? What is the role of companies, regions, and cities in attracting and retaining global talent? Lectures in this block will answer those questions by analyzing the definitions of highly skilled migrants and global talent, as well as by looking at policies and strategies used by policymakers and companies to deal with highly skilled migrants.
The third module deals with diversity policies in the field of gender (4 lectures; Spadavecchia). What do we mean by gender equality and equity? What are gender policies? Do gender policies address all the genders? What about gender policies in the labor market? After a brief introduction of the concepts of gender, gender equality, and equity, students will explore how gender diversity is managed in the labor market. Finally, they will examine policies related to gender diversity. Gender policies will be analyzed through an intersectional perspective.
The fourth module deals with language policies in education (4 lectures; Yagmur). The primary focus will be on the Dutch government’s integration policies over the past 30 years in the education sector. Various factors and agents shaping language policies are discussed based on case studies. In order to contextualize the topic, a general overview of language maintenance and shift models is presented. How governments and institutions deal with ethnic diversity, language, and school achievements receive substantial attention. The crucial roles of teachers and educational institutions are discussed in the lecture on Management of Linguistic Diversity in Education. How do teachers in multilingual contexts function as agents of change in education? In order to show the fluctuating nature of policies, finally, the focus in the last lecture will be on educational policies on migrants and minorities in the Netherlands over the years.
- Compulsory reading for the four blocks will be announced and/or made available via Canvas.
- Recommended reading for the four blocks will be announced and/or made available via Canvas.