Group work: When to mention ethnic/national background?



Aim: To make the students aware of the fact that mentioning ethnic/national backgrounds in criminal cases sometimes can be a source of discrimination.  


  1. The students are divided into groups of 2-5 participants. The task is to discuss when it may be reasonable for journalists to mention a person’s ethnic/national background in criminal cases. When is, and should ethnicity be relevant? (20 min.).
  2. The groups will present their results in a plenary session.

Gunn Bjørnsen, Head of Department, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway)

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