Cultural Diversity and Social Capital
Fall & Spring | 3 credits | Core course in Sociology
Core Course Week: a short study tour to Southern Sweden
Week-Long Study Tour: Turkey
A study of the social, cultural, and political mechanisms lying at the heart of cultural conflicts, as seen from a European perspective. This course will be based on two case studies. First, the conflicts resulting from non-Western, mainly Muslim immigration to Denmark and Europe, and second, the uneasy liaison between Europe and Turkey. The course will delve into theoretical analyses of central concepts such as integration, assimilation, multiculturalism, recognition, cultural norms, identity, nationalism, and tolerance.
PhD in Education (Siauliai University, Lithuania, 2011) with the focus on the cross-cultural use of Service Learning in higher education, MA in Social Anthropology and Sociology (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania, 2006). Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar, Siauliai University, 2007-2013. Visiting scholar at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, 2008-2012. Research experience on the national and international level covers topics related to cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues, gender and family studies, global diffusion of educational models, voluntary participation in Europe. With DIS since 2013.