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Program and courses Management of Cultural Diversity

Learn how to neutralize risks and take advantage of opportunities presented by cultural diversity.

Program structure

This one-year track of MA Culture Studies consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 4 core courses (24 ECTS)
  • Research Practicum (6 ECTS)
  • 1 elective (6 ECTS)
  • 2 research skills modules (6 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (18 ECTS)

This program starts at the end of August

Program content

Core courses & Research Practicum

You will follow 4 core courses:

  • MCD Intro Course (6 ECTS)
  • Cultural Identity and Diversity (6 ECTS)
  • Cultural Diversity Management (6 ECTS)
  • Cultural Diversity Policies (6 ECTS)

In addition, you follow a mandatory Research Practicum which prepares you for the Master's thesis:

  • MCD Research Practicum (6 ECTS)
Elective courses

You can choose one elective of 6 ECTS from other master's programs of the School of Humanities and Digital Sciences or from a master's program of another School of Tilburg University, or of another university in the Netherlands or even abroad (if you meet the prerequisites of this particular course). Your choice must be submitted to the Examination Board for approval.

Recommended electives

  • Digital industries and infrastructures (6 ECTS)
  • Intercultural Communication Online and Offline (6 ECTS)
  • Contested Ritual Space and Religious Diversity (6 ECTS)
  • Performance: Ritual, Art and the Body in digital culture (6 ECTS)
Research skills modules

You will follow 2 research skills modules:

  • Using digital literacies (3 ECTS)
  • The hybrid media system and online writing (3 ECTS)
  • Ethnography and Interview (3 ECTS)
  • Discursive analytical strategies (3 ECTS)
  • Ethnomining (3 ECTS)
  • Anthropology and Fieldwork (3 ECTS)
  • Survey Design (3 ECTS)
Master's thesis

During the MCD Research Practicum in block 3 you will develop a research proposal that forms the basis for your thesis.

  • This research proposal is partly realized within a 'circle' around a broad topic in which you have indicated your interest.
    - The circle consists of four students and a supervisor who meet once every two or three weeks to discuss everyone's process in defining a topic.
    - Each student chooses their own topic. The fellow students and the supervisor provide feedback.
  • After defining your topic, you develop it into a research proposal. Meanwhile, you make the necessary preparations for the actual execution of your research, for example in a certain country or with a certain organization.
  • After you have finished your proposal, you defend it.
  • If your research proposal is approved, the Research Practicum ends and you can start working on your Master's thesis (18 ECTS).

Examples of previous Master's thesis subjects are:

  • The relationship between linguistic diversity policies and de facto language practices on the work floor - A case study within the Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • White flight: underlying processes that motivate and influence school segregation. A qualitative Study on the construction of interethnic boundaries in Dutch schools
  • Mentoring as a means to stimulate vertical mobility opportunities for ethnic minorities
  • Indonesia’s Religious Diversity Management in Education. A case study addressing the possible freedom of religion for the indigenous Nuaulu pupils attending the Junior High School SMP Negeri 6 Amahai at Seram Island, Indonesia
  • Uniqueness and alterability: new perspectives on stereotype formation and preservation. A social analysis of stereotype salience in intercultural interactions of customer service providers of the municipality Tilburg

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


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Short overview of Management of Cultural Diversity

Understand and manage important organizational and societal challenges, such as:

  • How are production and service delivery affected when people from all parts of the world come together to communicate and work in a company?
  • Do people with different backgrounds get equal opportunities in the labor market? If not, how can we achieve equal chances?
  • What needs to be done to allow refugees to get a job and perform well in their new jobs?
  • What happens to expats when sent abroad with their families to represent their company? What affects their well-being?

Internationally oriented with a combination of methods from sociology, psychology, human resource management, and sociolinguistics.

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