Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen
Contemporary western societies are characterised by cultural plurality: different social communities have different values, life styles and levels of tolerance. Over the past decade, this diversity has become a growing source of concern about how to properly reconcile the demands of plurality and identity, in order to safeguard social and cultural cohesion. The course examines a number of normative dilemmas that arise from the current co-existence of a diversity of cultural traditions; discussions are about universalism and relativism, secularism and the come-back of religion, human rights and animal rights, media and the politics of fear.
Doelstellingen van dit vak
To acquire insight into the dilemmas of cultural pluralism. Acquiring an intellectual vocabulary for describing, analysing, understanding and evaluating the dilemmas of cultural pluralism; being able to apply this vocabulary in academic and real life situations, both independently and as part of a team.
Bhikhu Parekh: Rethinking Multiculturalism J.M. Coetzee: Elisabeth Costello.