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International Public Health

Multicultural Identity in a Global World

The course focuses on the concepts of "culture" and "identity" in the context of present-day globalization.

Aims and contents

We live in a global world. We have become internationally conscious to a degree that was unthinkable in previous generations. This globalization affects everybody, also children in kindergartens and schools. Many children are also brought up in a country different from their parents’ home-country. We will, in this course, attempt to probe into the complex matter of Culture and Identity, with special reference to childhood and Education

Students will visit schools and kindergartens during the semester for 12 days (6 daysif students take 20 ECTS). In order to do this, all students must hand in a valid police clearance from their home country during semester start. 

More about aims and contents.

The course treats the concepts of culture and Identity from a theoretical perspective, as well as from a practical point of view. The cultural background of the participants will be a vital resource in our discussions. The setting of Oslo, as an increasingly multicultural city will also be an arena for contextualisation.

Topics:

  • Cultural Identity and Cultural Awareness.
  • Childhood and Identity Construction.
  • Intercultural Communication, theory and practical experience.
  • Culture and World-view.
  • Culture and Religion.
  • Culture and Ethics.
  • Human Rights and Childhood.
  • Cultural Identity and Racism.
  • Traditions, Festivals, and Rituals.
  • Processes of Globalization.
  • Global Consciousness.
  • Cross-cultural Competence.
  • Social Commitment in a Globalized World.

The course duration is 3 months for 20 credits and 4 months for 30 credits. 

Assessment

The final course diploma will be based on: 

  • Active participation in class, including individual presentation of one's own culture
  • One minor paper on a subject treated in the course
  • Fieldwork paper, with following presentation in class
  • Addition for 30 credits: Additional fieldwork period, as basis for the above mentioned fieldwork paper, with following presentation in class
  • Addition for 30 credits: Final oral exam, based on the fieldwork and the course literature

Luka Vleugels studied this course in the spring semester 2017. Here you can read about her experience

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Admission

Application deadline

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Admission requirements

The course is designed for students from early childhood/preschool and primary school teacher education institutions, but students from other academic areas may also be accepted. Students must have completed at least one year of their undergraduate degree studies at their home institution in order to be accepted.

Students must have completed at least one year of their undergraduate degree studies at their home institution in order to be accepted. The language of all teaching and supervision is English, and the students should therefore have a working knowledge of both spoken and written English.

In order to visit Schools and kindergartens, students must bring a valid police clearance form to Oslo. 

Programme information

Facts

Multicultural Identity in a Global World January 2018 The course offers options of 20 or 30 ECTS, for the periods of 3 or 4 months. One semester Pilestredet, Oslo English .

More about the programme

Please visit  student.hioa.no for information about being a HiOA student, as well as more information about this programme:

Contact us

Academic coordinator: Marcela Bustos

Administrative coordinator: Team International

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