Area of Engagement: Diversity and Power in the U.S.

Requirement Purpose

The Diversity and Power in the U.S. requirement prepares students to be engaged citizens by exploring enduring questions about ourselves, civilization, and the world via developing the knowledge, dispositions, and skills necessary to shape and create diverse and just communities in the U.S.

The diversity that exists in societies is often characterized by a power differential. By taking up the perspective of groups that have been systematically denied power to shape social institutions, students investigate both the conflicts arising from these power differentials and the cultural contributions of those who are isolated by social inequities.

This requirement is designed to engage students in recognizing and analyzing the perspective of a less powerful (often minority) group and understanding the differences of experience this power differential engenders. In addition these courses encourage students to understand and empathize with the perspectives and experiences of another group.

Required Course Characteristics

A course in this area will

  • provide students with opportunities to actively experience power differentials between two or more groups within one or more communities in the U.S.
  • critically evaluate the social inequities resulting from such power differentials via the perspectives of both the advantaged and the disadvantaged groups.

Area of Engagement Learning Objectives

Through completion of a DP course, students should be able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the subjective experience of a less powerful (often minority) group in the U.S. and thus gain the ability to take the perspective of members of that group
  • demonstrate an understanding of power differentials between two or more groups within one or more communities in the U.S.
  • articulate an understanding of the perspectives and experiences of a less powerful (often minority) group in the U.S.

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