Power, Diversity, and Equity (PDE) courses embed the following student learning outcomes as central organizing components of the courses:

  • Power: Students will be able to think critically about how structural power gets distributed [unequally] based upon constructed categories of difference; this includes an understanding of how power relations are maintained, contested, and changed over time and in different spaces/placed.
  • Systemic Inequality: Students will be able to identify the historic and/or contemporary contexts that create systemic inequality, particularly as they maintain arrangements of oppression, access, resource distribution, and the privilege that arises through these institutionalized mechanisms.
  • Intersections of Oppression/Privilege: Students will be able to recognize the assumptions embedded in singular identity-based approaches, analyzing how race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and/or ability can intersect to shape opportunity, identity, and relationships to power.
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