This session discusses the term diversity, which has often replaced multiculturalism in academic debates, a term criticized for being ideological and politicized.

Diversity is also a broader concept, including groups that are not habitually linked to cultural aspects. The session underlines how diversity of a society is linked to democratic rights in general and freedom of expression in particular. A society benefits from many (different) voices being heard. Furthermore, it will discuss nationhood, belonging and identities. Journalism has a responsibility for representing diversity and countering marginalization of minorities. The session starts with an introduction exercise, followed by a lecture on globalization and diversity. The students continue with a group work on diversity, using their own local experiences before a lecture on the topics of journalism, marginalization and discrimination. The session ends with a plenary discussion on the role of journalism.


The students shall
  • Learn to apprehend the many dimensions of diversity and the groups involved: national, religious and ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, disabled groups, etc.
  • Understand how globalization, including wars and climate change, generates more diversified societies via increased flight and migration
  • Learn to look at the world from different angles and understand their own context in a global perspective
  • Learn the basics of the term cultural relativism – what it is and what it is not
  • Be enabled to include different perspectives, voices and views in their professional work as journalists