Multiculturalism is being challenged by new theories of cosmopolitanism. Discuss in relation to education. Further guidance (this may be varied and is merely a support for students who wish to follow it) Australia’s multicultural population has been managed through policies of multiculturalism for the best part of the last three decades.
Discuss the reasons for this policy development and the challenges to its continuation (approx 500 words). It has been suggested that cosmopolitan social theory might be a way forward.
Discuss why this might be useful in relation to the earlier benefits and problems with multiculturalism that you have already outlined in the first part of your essay (approx 500 words).
In the final section of your essay extend your argument to a discussion of what this might mean for education. Make sure you compare and contrast multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism using education examples before summing up in a conclusion (500 words).
The essay is assessed on how well you develop an argument. You need to bring together evidence from readings (compulsory) and other sources that support your analysis. To demonstrate that you have read, understood and developed your own argument, keep your focus small. Take up a particular position using the theory and a particular aspect or aspects in education.
Examine these aspects thoroughly after you have provided a general overview. Avoid ‘waffle’ or padding by sticking to the point of your argument. The essay must not be merely descriptive or a repetition of other authors’ work. You must have an opinion but not based only on personal experience: your perspective must be based on thorough reading. Proper grammar must be used and punctuation.
No plagiarism. APA referencing must be used. Compulsory references (must appear in your essay. Do not substitute.)
Ang, I. & Stratton, J. (1998) Multiculturalism in Crisis: The New Politics of Race and National Identity in Australia. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 2, 22-41
Delanty, G. (2006). The cosmopolitan imagination: critical cosmopolitanism and social theory. The British Journal of Sociology, 57(1), 25-47.
Leeman, Y. & Reid, C. (2006). Multi/Intercultural Education in Australia and the Netherlands. Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, 36(1), 57-72
Rizvi, F. (2008). Epistemic Virtues and Cosmopolitan Learning Radford Lecture, Adelaide Australia 27 November 2006. The Australian Educational Researcher, 35(1), 13-35
Sobe, N. W. (2009). Rethinking “Cosmopolitanism” as an Analytic for the Comparative Study of Globalization and Education. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 12(1), 6-13
Spisak, S. (2009). The Evolution of a Cosmopolitan Identity: Transforming Culture. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 12(1), 86-91 Werbner, P. (2006). Vernacular cosmopolitanism. Theory, Culture & Society, 23(2-3), 496-498
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