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The idea of 'diversity' or 'multiculturalism` entered into our lives very recently. After World War II, the people have been brought together under multiethnic societies not as groups but as individuals. In this course, students will have a chance to analyze how different political systems, countries and cultures deal with 'diversity' and their 'multicultural' populations and also whether diversity discourse and multicultural policies are a success or a failure will be discussed through readings and materials.
Karl Popper describes the "paradox of tolerance" as unlimited tolerance leading to the disappearance of tolerance and he continues by stating that the tolerant and tolerance are jeopardized by extending unlimited tolerance to the intolerant in his work The Open Society and Its Enemies. This idea has opened up many discussions about what tolerance means, how it should be approached and what if any limits there are in tolerance. This being said, the course will start by looking at deeper into the discussion on unlimited tolerance and then will examine current and ongoing debates on tolerance related to politics, education, religion, culture, gender identities, ethnicity and race.
Elif Çotuksöken was born in Balıkesir in 1979. She received her BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University and MA degree in Teacher Education from Bilkent University. She has ICELT and DELTA certificates from Cambridge University. She has been working at Bilkent University since 2007.