Your programme of study combines 3 core modules:
Key Concepts in Global Diversity Governance
This central MPA module leads students through the conceptual, theoretical and practical issues surrounding the governance of diversity. Beginning with the foundations of this area of study, students explore concepts and theories underpinning diversity and its governance drawn from a range of disciplines including social psychology, human geography, sociology and political science. As well as exploring the definitions and compositions of a diverse society, course members are asked to consider the relationship of diversity with a range of different legislative/policy areas and issues, including security, economics, education, human rights and migration. Special attention is given to the concepts of identity, prejudice, intergroup contact, superdiversity, cosmopolitanism and everyday integration, as well as the role of religious diversity.
Intercultural Dialogue in Practise
The importance of Intercultural Dialogue has risen in prominence over the last decade with many actors, from United Nations agencies to local peacebuilding non-governmental agencies, increasingly applying it as an important tool for bringing people together and resolving tension and misunderstanding between groups in society. In practice, however, leading and facilitating dialogue between people of markedly different cultural backgrounds and world views can be a daunting feat and dialogue that is not led effectively has the potential to make relations between people worse not better. This module enables students to understand and critically engage with the roles of culture, dialogue and facilitation in diversity governance and equips them with an understanding and set of tools that allow them to lead dialogue sessions successfully. Based upon Coventry University research and delivered by the Centre’s own expert dialogue practitioners, this is an essential module for anyone working in and with diversity communities.
Global Diversity Governance in Context
Through an examination of some of the most prolific and high profile examples of diversity governance from around the world, students are taught to apply the tools, theories and concepts related to diversity, difference and dialogue to real-world case studies where the challenges of co-existence are seen most vividly. The module demonstrates the different roles, dynamics and interventions of governments, businesses, civil society and other actors in the governance of cultural diversity, showing how diversity, difference and their challenges reach every aspect of society. In their assessment, course members will be challenged to critically investigate and comparatively assess case studies of diversity governance with content and support provided by leading academic experts in each specific context. Current examples of indicative case studies include: the rise of modern anti-minority activism in Europe, diversity and difference in Israel and Palestine; identity and division in Northern Ireland; the challenges of multicultural society in Turkey; and governmental approaches to tackling extremism in Australia and the UK.
To complete the course, course members will prepare a dissertation in an area of study that they would like to explore in more depth, with one-to-one support from a supervisor.
The MPA offers the opportunity to benefit from two 5-day residential workshops. The first is held towards the start of your course of study, covering the core content of the Intercultural Dialogue in Practise module. The second workshop is delivered towards the end of the programme, equipping students with the skills to undertake a dissertation. These all-inclusive workshops are covered in the course fees and we strongly encourage attendance to supplement and condense learning, enable networking with course members and teachers. Please note: Accommodation is provided but course members need to organise and finance travel including any visa costs. Residential workshops may be held in the UK in Coventry or London, or internationally depending on where students are based.
In addition to the residential workshops, the programme, starting in September each year, is delivered through online module materials, small group tutoring and independent study, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. Course members unable to attend the workshops will receive additional contact time and can study independently using online materials. A wide variety of resources is made available via the online study platform, including: lecture notes, journal articles, video lectures, news and discussion forums, as well as the research produced by members of teaching staff.
As part of the application process, prospective students are required to evidence prior (experiential) learning (APEL) which is accredited as part of the programme of study. This accreditation allows students to complete the MPA over 15 months either by blended learning or distance learning. Please refer to the admissions criteria below and contact the Postgraduate Programme Manager for further information.