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Rethinking 'Us' & 'Them': Integration and Diversity in Europe

29 Sep 2017, 05:17 PM
Chapters 5 › Unit 5: Share your final reflections! View instructions Hide instructions

Share your final reflections!

Show us: What are your main reflections and take-aways from this course?

Congrats! You've completed the course. Now that you're full of new insights and ideas about integration and diversity, we want to get a little personal and hear both what you've learned as well as any final reflections that you want to share with the 'Us' & 'Them' community...

...IN VIDEO FORM! (which you can record directly in your journal.)

Here are some guiding questions to draw from:

  • How has your understanding of your or others' place(s) on the 'us' & 'them' spectrum changed from before taking this course to now?
  • If you could pick one thing you learned from this course to spread to your society, what would it be? It can be from one of our videos or discussions with other course participants.
  • What is one actionable idea you can offer that would bridge the 'us' and 'them' divide - be it a personal experience, a project or an an initiative?
  • Still confused about integration and diversity after the course? Tell us why!

Now what?
Click 'Start in Journal', and record or upload your own video response. To directly upload your video, you must be in the Firefox or Chrome browser. Not into video? You can use words, or add pictures or links to articles or other media instead to highlight your point!

Is this journal assignment required?
No! Nothing in our course is 'required', and there are no grades, but we encourage you to reflect on these topics and share if you feel comfortable, so that others in the course can benefit from your experiences.

Main reflections from this Course

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Diversity and Integration is here to stay and a reality that we must confront. Although there are great lessons to learn from Germany and Canada, for both Countries, it has not always been easy. Whereas Germany has social, political, cultural integration programs that are bottom up and sideways approached, Canada has deliberate policies, top down that have assisted it integrate its citizens very well. In Canada, the objective is not to make people Canadian but to enable them thrive in their diversity even as they become Canadians. This has helped several other unique other than the English and the French be a part and parcel of the Canadian Citizens. Lastly, it behoves on all, both immigrants and host country citizens to be play an active part towards integration and diversity.

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