The course aims to confront students with and introduce them in the (largely) urban society and in research about this topic in diverse (scientific) disciplines. Particular attention will be given to the way the diversity of urban people reveals different views and perspectives, but also to the manifestation of different kinds of exclusion, misrecognition, and underrepresentation. Emhasis will be laid on ethnic-cultural diversity, although diversity will also be approached in an 'intersectional' way. Students will become aware of the influence of different actors (e.g. multilingualism, educatinoal level, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, residence status, etc) on the societal context, but also on the way citizens behave and act in an urban society. The course will make clear that societal challenges, to which students should be prepared and try to find answers, are complex, and that intervening in, and promoting living together from just one dimension, perspective and discipline, will not be sufficient or sustainable.
In a first part, realities and perspectives on urban diversity will be examined from a contemporary as well as from a historical perspective. A core theme here is the concept of the city as a 'free place'. We also learn the students to identify, name and analyse diversity in the facutal urban reality.
In a second part, different themes will be elaborated, with a focus on the impact of urban diversity on a particular domain. In order to make the course accessible for students with different educational/disciplinary backgrounds, we will always start with a problem or case, thereby using short videos, articles or personal narratives. Our aim is to go beyond analysis, and to look also at perspectives for acting.