MCE0271 Learning and teaching in growing diversity (3 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Education and Psychology
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course deals with aspects related to growing diversity in education and society. The course focuses especially on learning and teaching in various learning settings (educational institutions, workplace learning sites) characterized by increased linguistic and cultural diversity. All above students will work to improve their understanding of the context in which individuals with migration background live and learn. The course offers an opportunity to critical reflection on matters related to culture, language and personal differences in learning and teaching. The course covers following topics:
- social context of learning (e.g., migrants position in new country of residence)
- particularities of learning and living in a new context
- different starting points for learning and teaching
- language and culture vs. personal differences in learning and teaching
- modes of working and ways of supporting migrant learners
- multicultural curriculum development
- possibilities, tensions and limitations connected to migrants’ participation in formal education

Completion methods

Lectures, active discussion during lectures, group discussions and group work, reading and assignments to be completed outside course hours, learning diary

Assessment details

Active participation, assignments

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students are able to:
- understand the specifics of learning and living in a new linguistic and cultural context
- recognize the founds of knowledge of students with various backgrounds
- critically reflect on language and culture aspects in education and in society
- be aware of their own starting points and biases in approaching linguistic and cultural differences in different learning sites
- analyze and reflect on their own practices and behaviors in multicultural and multilingual learning sites
- be aware of and be able to use potential pedagogies for growing diversity in various learning settings
- understand the challenges and possibilities that participation in education presents to getting forward in a new country of residence

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item