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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Diversity [DIVR]

Course designator within the area of Diversity

Courses in Diversity must advance the learning goal of diversity, as well as meet the basic requirements for all UCORE courses: written communication, critical and creative thinking, information literacy, and assessment / evidence of student progress toward learning goals.

Diversity courses introduce students to differences and similarities among cultures by exploring the multiplicity of individual and group experiences within and across various historical periods, societies, and cultures. This exploration contributes to stronger, more complex cross-cultural understanding and communication, helping students engage various social and cultural contexts and interactions using knowledge, critical thinking, and a flexibility in perspective. It also encourages students to ask more complicated questions about cultural systems and systems of power, and to pursue answers that reflect multiple cultural and intellectual perspectives.

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Required Elements for all DIVR Courses

All DIVR courses are required to:

  • Help students move beyond perception-based comparisons, prior knowledge, and individual experiences to understand how social positioning and cultural differences and/or interrelations are constructed.
  • Help students recognize how factors including history; politics; economics; systems of discrimination and inequality; structures of power and privilege; and/ or cultural values, beliefs, and practices determine social and cultural conditions.
  • Provide students vocabulary, language, concepts, methodologies, and/or theoretical models with which to engage and analyze how social realities are shaped and how stereotypes are created by cultural and socio-economic differences in the US and/or globally.

Students may demonstrate their understandings by such means as:

  • Analyzing and critiquing the cultural and social underpinnings of knowledge claims about individuals and groups and their relations to one another.
  • Assessing their own core values, cultural assumptions, and biases in relation to those held by other individuals, cultures, and societies.

Required Learning Outcomes Grid

Whether submitting a course for the first time or resubmitting an updated course as part of the UCORE committee’s periodic re-review, faculty should submit a completed DIVR Learning Outcomes Grid embedded in the course syllabus in order to demonstrate clearly the relationship among WSU/UCORE learning goals, UCORE category designation learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, assignments, and assessment of student learning. Consult the sample ROOT syllabus with embedded learning outcomes grid as a model.