HMSA10055U Multiculturalism and the Predicament of Cultural Rights

Volume 2014/2015
Udbydes efter studieordning for BA tilvalgsstudiet på Minoritetsstudier 2007-ordning eller

Studieordning for kandidattilvalg i Minoritetsstudier 2008-ordning

Multiculturalism can be conceptualized both macro-theoretically and from an institutional perspective as management and accommodation of ethnic difference and multicultural citizenship, philosophically as recognition and dignity, or as lived and practical coexistence in everyday life. In this course, we trace the emergence, historical development and travel of the concept. We will discover that multiculturalism means completely different things in different contexts. We will understand the complexity of diversity and the tensions that emerge from the exclusion, humiliation and discrimination of disadvantaged, vulnerable groups. We argue that in looking at multiculturalism and multicultural policies, we have to understand the power differentials and negotiations between dominant and subaltern groups. Multiculturalism is not just about benevolence, but also about keeping the privileges of one group in relationship to others. Daniel Goh argues in his insightful work on Malaysia and Singapore that multiculturalism was only belatedly introduced in the West and that Malaysians and Singaporeans have to grapple with the consequences of colonialism and its construction of racial identities until today. But the management of multiculturalism as a racial system may also bee considered as a technology of rule and power. In this course, we will study everyday encounters and interaction in public spaces and how the common good is contested in the interaction between groups. Different disadvantaged and marginalized groups in society mobilize for their cultural rights. The course looks at the fate of groups such as invisible migrants in Europe or indigenous people in Southeast Asia. Questions asked are: Is multiculturalism and civil rights a universal value? How can disadvantaged groups and minorities be protected and how can they participate in the common good? How is everyday racism perpetuated and how can it be overcome?

Learning Outcome

BA tilvalg 2007-ordning:
Særligt studeret emne A (fagelementkode HMSB10041E)
Særligt studeret emne B (fagelementkode HMSB10051E)
KA 2008-ordning:
Emnekursus A (fagelementkode HMSK03111E)
Emnekursus B (fagelementkode HMSK03121E)
Minoriteter indenfor det centrale fag (fagelementkode HMSK03131E)

Literature will be made available online through Absalon

Lectures, Discussions, Guest Lectures, Supervision
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 384,5
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment