Cultural Competency Courses – Required Syllabi Language (Policy)

Courses that fulfill either the DIA or GP requirement shall include the relevant language below on their syllabi.

Difference, Inequality and Agency (DIA)

This course fulfills the United States: Difference, Inequality, and Agency category of the Cultural Literacy Core Education requirement, a requirement informed by UO student activism [provide link]. It is meant to develop students’ analytical and reflective capacities to help them understand and ethically engage with the ongoing (cultural, economic, political, social, etc.) power imbalances that have shaped and continue to shape the United States. In addition to considering the scholarship, cultural production, perspectives, and voices from members of historically marginalized communities, students in DIA courses:

  1. Inquire into intersecting [provide link] aspects of identity such as race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, indigeneity, national origin, religion, or ability;
  2. Analyze uses of power to marginalize on the basis of identity, as well as the assertions of agency, resistance, and resilience by marginalized groups; and
  3. Examine historical and contemporary structures, forms of knowledge, cultural practices, or ideologies that perpetuate or change the distribution of power in society.

and undertake one or more of the following:

  1. Reflect on one's own multiple social identifications and on how they are formed and located in relation to power.
  2. Practice respectful listening and ethical dialogue around deeply felt or controversial issues.

Global Perspectives (GP)

This course fulfills the Global Perspectives category of the Cultural Literacy Core Education requirement. A Global Perspectives course aims to foster student encounter with and critical reflection upon cultures, identities, and ways of being in global contexts beyond the United States. Students will consider substantial scholarship, cultural production, perspectives, and voices from members of communities under study, as sources permit. Global Perspectives courses, students will do one or more of the following:

  1. Engage texts, literature, art, testimonies, practices, or other cultural products that reflect systems of meaning or beliefs beyond the U.S. context;
  2. Analyze power relations involving different nations, peoples, and identity groups or world regions;
  3. Examine hierarchy, marginality, or discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexuality, nationality, or ability (or some combination of these)

and undertake one or more of the following:

  1. Discuss possibly unfamiliar topics using critical vocabulary and concepts.
  2. Practice respectful listening and civil dialogue around controversial issues.

Approved By: University Senate        Date: 06/02/2021

Motion Number: US20/21-21

Revision History: First version approved 06/02/2021

Original Source: https://senate.uoregon.edu/senate-motions/us2021-21-approval-curriculum-report-spring-2021