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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Issues in Multiculturalism
Module Code LC4770
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Veronica Crosbie
Semester 2: Veronica Crosbie
Autumn: Veronica Crosbie
Module TeachersVeronica Crosbie
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to analyse the challenges and opportunities that multiculturalism has generated in Ireland over the past two decades. This will be done through an in-depth study of the various theories of integration as well as of the issues arising, such as cultural diversity, racism and policy-making. Close attention will be paid to particular groups, such as Travellers, Eastern European migrants and asylum seekers. Students are expected to attend lectures/seminars and to pursue substantial independent reading and research. Experiences of migration in other contexts will also be looked at in order to draw comparisons between the different models of integration adopted by such countries.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify recurrent issues relating to the experience of cultural and ethnic diversity
2. Identify the main features which contribute to multicultural policy
3. Analyse the various theories of integration and their application in different contexts
4. Carry out case studies on specific ethnic minority groups
5. Present complex theories to peers through group work

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture11No Description
Seminars11No Description
Group work10No Description
Independent Study93No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Theories of integration

Multicultural education

Identity studies

Capability approach

Xenophobia and racism



Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationPresent a case study to peers30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Banks, J. & Banks, C.: 2007, Multicultural Education, 6th, Wiley, Hoboken, N.J.,
  • Joppke, C.: 2010, Citizenship and Immigration, Polity, London,
  • Kymlicka, W.: 1995, multicultural Citizenship, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Nussbaum, M.: 2011, Creating Capabilities: the Human Development Approach, Belknap Press, Cambridge, Mass.,
  • Parekh, B.: 2006, Rethinking Multiculturalism, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke,
  • Sen, A.: 2006, Identity and Violence, Allen Lane, London,
  • Vertovec, S.: 2015, Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies, Routledge, London,
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