Netherlands, Nijmegen

Equity & Leadership in the Global Classroom

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 600

Key questions we will explore throughout this module are:
- How do we exhibit leadership in a transform(ed)(-ing) and divers(ified)(-ing) classroom?
- Why do our own worldviews and thinking on diversity matter?
- What are the challenges of true equality?
- What are the skills we need to enhance equity in our environments?

The ethos behind the module design is that by actively linking thinking and emotion participants will be empowered to take action to achieve greater social equality.

This interactive experiential learning module will equip participants to critically reflect and evaluate their contextual/subjective worldview in the milieu of social justice issues in education institutions of the 21st century. We will journey to deepen our understanding of achieving equality in an unequal society through positive equity-based measures.

Participants will be required to contribute a significant amount of the secondary content around the principles of transformation and diversity. We encourage students to bring realities from a variety of settings into this learning experience while we concurrently explore major diversity related themes emerging from the Majority World.

By using real world case studies, from universities and civil society, we will uncover the layered challenges and opportunities faced by institutions still dealing with the vestiges of a colonial past whilst building on new models for inclusivity. Topics will include human rights, social determinants of health, unfair discrimination, various forms of harassment, empathy skills, mediation as alternative dispute resolution and the cycle of socialisation. Along with these topics social media-based bullying, micro-aggressions, power & status, disability, embracing gender expression, queer sexualities and HIV/Aids will be engaged. We will also discover how stigma (internal & external) and discrimination contribute to individual and systemic vulnerability. Keeping these topics in mind, participants will be expected to explore learning/unlearning opportunities within their graduate programmes/organisations with a view to greater equity in the global classroom.

The modes of delivery include:
- Lectures;
- Required reading before the course commences;
- Facilitated interactive discussions;
- Case study analysis;
- Demonstrating and encouraging experiential learning methods;
- The use of multimedia platforms;
- Critical and reflective thinking;
- Personal reflections and debriefing.

Course leader

Jaco Greeff Brink
Head of Department Equality Unit
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Target group

Advanced Bachelor, Master, Professional. Students interested in or studying social sciences, social justice, institutional change, human rights, student affairs, curriculum design and policy development in higher education will be enriched by this course. At the same time, the course content may lend itself to be of interest to a broader graduate or professional audience.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- Understand a health and social justice model.
- Define and engage with equality, equity, structural injustice and oppression.
- Analyse challenges and opportunities equity presents to the global classroom
- Develop interventions/recommendations based on topical case studies
- Exhibit reflective thinking with regard to the impact inequalities and social vulnerability has on society.

Credits info

The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 540   early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2018 (10%) 
€ 510   partner + RU discount (15%) 
€ 450   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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