Singapore University of Social Sciences

Gender, Ethnicity and Diversity (CSD505)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 31 May 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


CSD505 provides students with critical perspectives when thinking about gender, culture and other forms of diversity that intersect with each other in Singapore and other societies. Drawn from sociological and anthropological analyses, students will achieve a deeper understanding of how various social institutions, including family, marriage, education and religion, can impact on everyday life. Attention will be given to how the media, the state, interest groups and other forces define how different forms of diversity intersect. At the same time, students will be able to relate these issues to broader developments such as rapid globalisation and transnationalism. A context-based approach will be emphasized where topics will be linked to real-life case studies and controversies to facilitate the practical application of such knowledge.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • The intersectionality of diversity
  • ‘Race’, ethnicity and multiculturalism
  • Nationalism, culture and identity: Singapore as a case study
  • Transnationalism and globalization
  • Gender, sex and sexuality
  • Social stratification
  • Social marginalization
  • Religion, modernity and society
  • Structuring the conjuncture

Learning Outcome

  • Analyze concepts and theories related to gender, ethnicity and diversity
  • Examine the everyday impact of social institutions (i.e. family, education and religion)
  • Appraise diversity issues in the context of globalization and transnationalism
  • Evaluate the implications of inter-sectionality for social diversity
  • Compare analytical and critical perspectives on diversity in Singapore society
  • Propose the principles of a context-sensitive framework for a diverse society
  • Defend the ethics of non-discrimination, equality and inclusivity
  • Assess the impact of social policies on gender, ethnicity and diversity
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