The Bauhaus University enacted in 2019 anti-discrimination guidelines prohibiting discrimination due to: age, gender, ethnic or social background, disability, sexual orientation, and religious and political views. How do these values fit into our society, and into our current learning and personal priorities and goals? How can we better reflect an anti-discriminatory stance and a diverse Bauhaus in our public and personal lives?
This module intends to sensitize students of all faculties to different types of discrimination - starting with racism and examining other forms of everyday discrimination wherever they occur and give space to historically silenced voices, seeking to empower those impacted by structural inequality. We will examine forms of understanding power structures, historical discrimination, and subconscious biases created by media and educational narratives as well the social norms that uphold discriminatory practices leading to systemic discrimination.
This content-intensive module consists of 13 weekday sessions with 3 additional workshops and additional evening lectures. The sessions will focus on inequality, particularly that based on constructed concepts of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Workshops are intended to highlight different aspects of discrimination and provide basic sensitization and allyship training. At least 5 additional evening lectures and viewing sessions may be added to broaden the offering and students are expected to attend at least 2/3 of these additional sessions. Substantial theoretical reading and documentary viewing are required (in English, but will be provided in German when available), so please be forewarned that the subject is complex and the course is neither easy nor will provide easy answers.
Grades will be based on active participation in sessions and workshops, a journal, and a final research paper as well as participation in an anti-discrimination action.
As peer-to-peer-learning is important, presentations will be required and the voices of community members and marginalized groups will be given space. Together we intend to create a network and practice of intentional allies, in which we can better work as a Bauhaus community towards a more just and equitable world for all.
KICKOFF MEETING: Friday April 9, 2021 11:00-12:30
Presence Workshops (Only if possible, otherwise outdoors/online):
Racism and Discrimination Self Sensitization 5 or 6 June 11:00-15:00 - W. Hart
Intersectionality, Allyship and Activism 16 or 17 July 11:00-15:00 - A. Schulze
Planned Sessions, Wednesdays 11:00-12:30: (May occasionally shift due to instructor need)
Apr 14: Power, Paradigms & Discrimination (Lecture) - M. Wallner / M. Garcia
Apr 28: Discriminatory Speech/Allyship (Workshop) - M. Benteler/ M. Garcia
May 5: deConstructing Race, History of Racism (Lecture) - M. Garcia
May 12: Classism (Lecture / Discussion) - NN / M. Garcia
May 19: Discussion Session Race & Class M: Garcia
May 26: Gender, Queer Studies & Media - J. Bee
Jun 2: Homomisia / Transmisia - (Lecture) M. Wallner
Jun 9: Gender & LGBTIA+ Readings (Discussion) - J. Bee/NN
Jun 16: Student Presentations - M. Garcia
Jun 23: Student Presentations - M. Garcia
Jun 30: Anti-Semitism / Islamophobia NN
Jul 7: Ableism / Disability (Lecture / Discussion) NN.
Jul 14: Environmental Racism (Lecture/Discussion) - NN