Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Promoting Diversity, Tolerance and Pluralism
Learn how to participate in a democratic society where people with different backgrounds, beliefs, opinions and interests coexist.
MOOC Offered by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
Produced by CES & Bohubrihi
About this course
People around you don’t always share the same beliefs, opinions and values as you. In a democracy, you can disagree with them and try to reach agreement on many issues using peaceful means. To do it, you need to understand, recognize and accept differences among a variety of social groups.
This free course can help you develop that mindset. Produced by the Centre for Enterprise and Society (CES) of the University of Liberal Arts of Bangladesh (ULAB), it comes with 14 open online lectures.
Structure of the Course
The lectures present a range of political, philosophical and historical viewpoints to explain the concepts of diversity, tolerance and pluralism. You will learn how social conflicts and discrimination arise, evolve and impact people. You will also be able to differentiate between informed sources and misinformation outlets. This skill will help you identify radical views that divide society.
To make the ideas clear, the course uses examples from history that illustrate how tolerance and pluralism can work in the real world. These examples include social systems and historical role models. The course also discusses complex situations in which you would have to question and analyze your moral principles and beliefs to find a solution.
What You Will Learn
Throughout the course, you will learn from reputed academics with experience in interdisciplinary work. You will have an opportunity to look at diversity in respect of fairness to individuals and socially excluded groups. You will also better understand how it can improve society as a whole. To test your understanding, you will take quizzes on hypothetical and real-life situations.
At the end of this course, you will be more accepting of people who are diverse in their identities, values and ideas. This perspective will help you promote positive social change from the leadership positions you hold in the future.
Basic to Intermediate
- Understand the basic concepts of diversity, tolerance and pluralism
- Identify the value of cultures, identities and histories
- Learn about the many-sided aspects of diversity, such as multiculturalism, identity and cultural traditions
- Use reliable sources of information and recognize sectarian or questionable outlets
- Undergraduate students
- Postgraduate students
Course Offered By
Instructors of this Course
Dr. Tariq Modood
Dr. Tariq Modood is the founding director of the Bristol University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. He has held over 40 grants and consultancies (UK, European and US), has over 35 (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 250 articles or chapters in political philosophy, sociology and public policy. He was a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute from 2013 to 2015, a ‘Thinker in Residence’ at the Royal Academy of Flanders, Brussels in 2017 and has been a visiting fellow at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor since 2017. Professor Modood has a demonstrated commitment to public engagement and regularly contributes to media and policy debates. His publications include Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain (2005), Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (2007/2013), Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship (2010), Tolerance, Intolerance and Respect (2013), Religion in a Liberal State (2013), Multiculturalism Rethought (2015), Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the Dividing Lines (2016) and The Problem of Religious Diversity (2017) and Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism (2019).
Fahmida Rahman is a lecturer of political science and program coordinator at the School of General Education, Brac University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She obtained her master’s from the University of Glasgow in public policy and management where her research explored the absence of disability capacities in higher educational policy in Bangladesh. Her current research interests include higher educational policy improvements, pedagogic curricula, gender, criminology and social justice. Ms. Rahman is also involved in the projects and programs of the Open Society University Network (OSUN), and has facilitated multiple workshops conducted by OSUN, Bard College for the faculty members of Brac University. She is working with the dean of school of Brac University and helping to institutionalize and develop connected learning between students and faculty members and foregrounding techniques of writing-based-learning as pedagogical practice in the general education courses.
Assistant Professor, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Abantee Harun is an Assistant Professor in the General Education Department at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Her research interests include the anthropology of Islam, youth, nationalism, ethnicity and gender. Ms. Harun has conducted different research projects with the UN and a number of international and national organizations on a diverse range of issues. Her research in recent years has focused on two key ideas: the Islamic education, ethics, politics and social action of the Muslim youths, especially in Bangladesh; and, secondly, public sphere and Islamic activism of Muslims in South Asia and Europe. She has published a number of articles and research works and also a book (Gender and Nationalism: Reconstructing Women’s Role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh). Currently, under the auspices of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Ms. Harun has been working in a research project entitled “(Un-)typical Utopias –Visions of the Future from Adolescents at Islamic schools in Bangladesh and Italy” jointly with Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at the Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Farzana Ahmed is currently working as monitoring and evaluation focal for Action Against Hunger’s programme, Start Fund Bangladesh, which is a humanitarian emergency pooled fund for 47 NGO’s across Bangladesh. Previously she worked with UNDP designing and testing various financial inclusion products for poor rural women. Her 8 years’ research expertise is in financial and social inclusion, social capital and urban development in organizations such as UNHABITAT, Danish Refugee Council, Slum Dwellers International, International City Leaders, Ashoka and UNDP. She has a double Master’s degree. The first in International Relations from United States International University and the second in Development Studies from York University.
Lumbini Barua is an experienced social researcher in a diverse range of sectors including e-learning, inclusive education, higher education, financial inclusion, social media radicalization, countering violent extremism, youth development and SDGs. As a Research Associate at the Center for Enterprise and Society at ULAB, she has co-authored a book chapter published by Routledge. She has also co-authored a paper selected for publication by USAID. Ms. Barua worked as a researcher at Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and has co-authored a paper on SDGs and youth with renowned economist, Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya. She has also worked with international organizations including Agami Education Foundation and Transparency International Bangladesh and has wide teaching and mentorship experience. She graduated from Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka with the highest distinction securing first and second position in her department in Master’s and Bachelor’s degree respectively.
Rigan Chakma has extensive field research experience both within Bangladeshi borders and beyond. He has completed his master’s and bachelor’s in International Relations (IR) from the University of Dhaka. He is a general body member of the Refugee Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), Dhaka University where his involvement dates back to his student days. From 2010 to 2013, he worked with the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), Brac University (now the Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)). He did three months’ intensive field research in remote areas of Indonesia such as Bali, Nusa Panida, North Sulawesi, and Gorontalo with a team from James Cook University, Australia where he completed his second master’s with funding from the Australian Development Award. He has presented papers and participated in several national & international conferences. At present, he is teaching as a senior lecturer in global political economy, sociology, and Bangladesh studies in the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and is the coordinator of the General Education Department (GED). Besides teaching, he is engaged with Indigenous people’s rights and research activism.
Syeda Shagufe Hossain
Founder, Leaping Boundaries
Shagufe Hossain is a gender and social inclusion specialist who founded the Leaping Boundaries Foundation which aims to increase visibility and improve life chances of girls in the madrasah sector – who often lack access to mainstream platforms as a result of the stigma associated with the sector. She has completed her undergraduate degree in administrative studies from York University and master’s in development studies from BRAC University and her second master’s in education and society with a concentration in gender studies from McGill University. Ms. Hossain’s publications include a conference paper published in the Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2017) titled “Who are You? An Exploration of Conflicted Identities inside Bangladeshi Madrasahs.” She has been awarded multiple fellowships and awards, including the Community Engagement Award of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University for her groundbreaking work with madrasahs in Bangladesh, the Inspiring Woman Award 2019 under the Startup category organized by the Bangladesh Brand Forum, Young Connector of the Future Fellowship organized by the Swedish Institute, the Dalai Lama Fellowship, the Dutch Visitors Programme Fellowship.
CEO and Editorial Director, Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI)
Simi Mehta, Ph.D., is the CEO and Editorial Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI). She received a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from University of Delhi; M.A., M. Phil and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During her Ph.D., she was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship and was affiliated with The Ohio State University, USA. Her areas of research include US and India’s agriculture and foreign policies, international security studies, sustainable development, climate change, gender justice, urban environment and food security. She is the author of the book “Lessons in Sustainable Development from Bangladesh and India” (2019, Palgrave, New York). Ms. Mehta is the Managing Editor of Journal of Development Policy Review. Besides, she is an avid writer and frequently contributes to national and international media platforms, and has published numerous research articles. IMPRI is a partner of the Center for Enterprise and Society at ULAB.
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