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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Identity and Belonging Concepts in EDI

Explore identity, belonging, stereotyping, privilege, and intersectionality and learn how these concepts shape lived experiences.

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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Identity and Belonging Concepts in EDI

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Explore the connection between personal identity and social identity

Developed by the Eleanor Glanville Institute at the University of Lincoln, this four-week course will introduce you to the key concepts of identity in social and organisational contexts.

You’ll explore what makes us unique and how an identity can be formed based on group affiliation.

Your learning will inform your understanding of intersectionality and how multiple identities can overlap to create a fuller picture of an individual.

Examine how individuals experience disadvantage through an outsider identity

Our perception of identity contributes to our feeling of belonging in communities and groups.

Exploring the dynamics of ‘in-groups’ and ‘out-groups’, you’ll consider the idea of an ‘us vs. them’ mentality.

Using this knowledge, you’ll be able to identify key ways in which individuals or groups have detrimental experiences when classed as outsiders.

Consider how stereotypes and labelling contribute to the formation of an identity

Sometimes the way we’re viewed by others does not match our own identity.

You’ll examine the cultural signs, symbols, and objects that can help signal identities, and reflect on the impact of stereotypes and labelling on our sense of self and treatment of others.

Develop a shared understanding of lived experience

Examining privilege, oppression, and intersectionality, you’ll assess the complexities that arise when different identities converge.

You’ll reflect on your personal and professional experiences to identify the importance of intersectionality in contextualising identity concepts.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand identity as a multidimensional construct. You’ll be able to explain how people express their identities and discuss factors, both personal and social, that shape and impact an individual’s identity.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Identity and Belonging

    • Introduction

      In this first activity, you'll get to know a bit more about the course, who we are and have the opportunity to introduce yourself.

    • What is Identity?

      In this activity, we will consider what identity is and how it can be expressed.

    • Social Identity

      In this activity, we will explore the concept of social identity and how it impacts our relationships.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise.

  • Week 2

    In-groups and Out-groups

    • Welcome Back

      This activity will provide a short recap of last week's learning and introduce this week's content.

    • 'Us' vs 'Them'

      In this activity, we will explore how group identity impacts how we interact with others.

    • Being an Outsider

      In this activity, we will explore the experience of being an outsider.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise.

  • Week 3

    Forming and Expressing Identities

    • Welcome Back

      This activity will provide a short recap of last week's learning and introduce this week's content.

    • Forming an Identity

      In this activity, we will explore what factors contribute to identity formation.

    • How We Show Our Identity

      In this activity, we will explore the different ways that that people can express their identity.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise.

  • Week 4

    Privilege and Intersectionality

    • Welcome Back

      This activity will provide a short recap of last week's learning and introduce this week's content.

    • When Identities Converge

      This activity will look at how experiences are shaped by our identities.

    • The Importance of Intersectionality

      This activity will explore intersectionality and why it's important to recognise it.

    • Summary and Reflection

      This activity will summarise this week's content and ask you to undertake a reflective exercise. A course overview will be provided and the course will conclude with a quiz to test your knowledge of the course material.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on own identity and sense of belonging, considering the impact of the learners own personal and professional journey.
  • Define the foundational EDI concepts of identity, belonging, stereotyping, privilege and intersectionality.
  • Assess the ways in which these concepts shape the lived experience of individuals .
  • Explain the factors involved in the construction and shaping of personal and group identity.
  • Describe the ways individuals and groups may experience disadvantage or detriment as a result of an outsider identity.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with a personal or professional interest in furthering their knowledge of EDI.

It’s also suitable for organisations who want to develop employee awareness and practice of EDI.

Who will you learn with?

Megan is a Researcher at the Eleanor Glanville Institute and is one of the equality, diversity and inclusion course developers.

Who developed the course?

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is rated in the top 20 UK universities for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and the Complete University Guide 2022.

  • Established

    1996
  • Location

    Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

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