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The antiracist university work with social diversity plans and intercultural understanding –: The case of Mälardalen university
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies. Centrum för genusstudier.
2007 (English)In: Antiracist methodologies in university work: Stockholm university, Centre for gender studies, 30 November 2007, 2007Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Mälardalen University has worked during the last years for increasing the social diversity among students and the staff. Some projects in this direction have begun thanks to institutional help from the state. Other initiatives have begun within the frame of working for the internationalization of the university. Other more thanks to the collaboration with local actors. With the help of these initiatives and projects teachers and students could have found each other to recognize what many in the international literature are naming an intercultural understanding.

This report discusses several aspects. The first one is to have a general idea on which processes have been important to justify the work for increasing the social diversity and what this work has generated. In this initial regard three central inputs are discussed: the state incentives, the internationalization of the university, as well as the local effects of the immigration in the region. The second aspect realizes of some examples on how some of the departments have worked to increase the social diversity. The third aspect discusses how these departments face questions on diversity in the content of the courses. The fourth aspect discusses different difficulties concerning the examination of a student population increasingly diversified. The fifth aspect devotes itself to examine what it is necessary to do in order to face different types of discriminatory practices. This is for improving the situation to the better. The last aspect is a discussion on the meaning of recognizing the social diversity and the responsibility that the university has in this context. This aspect is very important. Specially for looking at conflicts not as anomalies but as a quality that characterizes a democratic organization. Finally the report discusses how the work to increase the social diversity could have generated a significant knowledge and the important recognition of social diversity that strengthens the position of the university in the local society. The own experiences for increasing social diversity show how such a big organisation can manage the multicultural society’s challenges and at the same time manage to develop itself as a democratic environment. This work does that the university can play a more credibly role at the top of the work for a sustainable and democratic regional development congruent to the challenges that face the multicultural society.

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"Intercultural communication", "university pedagogy", "Anti-racism"
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Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11142OAI: diva2:177661
Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10Bibliographically approved

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