Education in Diverse Cultures

Time: 10-21 August 2020
Campus: Joensuu

Duration and credits: 2 weeks, 5 ECTS

Teaching language: English

Level: The course is aimed at Finnish and international Master’s level students of Education in particular. Bachelor and Doctoral level students are also welcome given that they have a suitable background related to the field of education.

Max. number of attendees: to be announced
Course coordinator: Ritva Kantelinen
Responsible department: School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education
Learning outcomes: After completing the study unit, the student

  • is aware and understands concepts and perspectives underlying the diversity in educational settings,
  • can observe and acknowledge the cultural diversity of learners from different perspectives applying the theoretical knowledge,
  • can recognize and value the cultural diversity and its significance in education, training, pedagogical activities, human encounters in work communities, as well as in individuals and their behaviors,  
  • can distinguish the factors that transmit and create culture in education and training, in addition to being able to evaluate the varied basic values within the field of education and training,
  • recognizes the significance of pedagogical activity for developing the cooperation and mutual understanding between the individuals from different kinds of cultural backgrounds, and differentiating strengths and challenges in diverse classrooms to make the best of them,
  • is able to evaluate the significance of shared expertise in operational environments of education.

Content: Diversity education, multicultural education, multicultural understanding and intercultural sensitivity. Learning culture and teaching culture (ethnocentrism, gender, power and authority, religion). Multilingualism, cultural traditions, multi- and interculturalism and meeting diversity. Communication styles in various cultures including music. Values underlying teacher-student relationships in various cultures.  

Modes of study: Working started in the Moodle environment before the contact weeks in Joensuu: off-line (in the Moodle) introduction to present the course and to get the working started, individual web-based tasks.
Working during the contact weeks in Joensuu: lectures, workshops, school visits, implementing a small-scale project in intercultural teams, study circle assignment, panel discussion, individual and team tasks.
Working completed in the Moodle environment after the contact weeks in Joensuu: report on project process, self-assessment and feedback.

Study materials: Materials delivered in the Moodle environment and during contact teaching. E-publications.

Evaluation criteria: Active participation in the activities of the contact study weeks in Joensuu fail/pass; individual tasks 0-5; study circle assignment 0-5; report on project 0-5.

Teachers: Teachers from UEF, Philosophical Faculty and international guest lecturers/teachers from foreign partner universities.