The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Our mission is one shared by many in international education: 'to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.' To fulfill that mission, CIEE provides both outbound international education experiences for university students, faculty, and administrators, and study, work, and internship opportunities for people coming into the U.S.
CIEE has had a presence in the Netherlands since 1993 with a Social Sciences program in cooperation with the College of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and since 2012 in Business and Culture with the Faculty Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. Apart from these semester programs CIEE offers January term, summer and customized programs
Race and Ethnicity
In this course students will trace the socio-political, cultural, and anthropological constructions of race, racialization and ethnicity in host location from the country's history until the present day. Reflecting the increasingly charged articulations of race, racism, and race-based grievances in host location, students will study a wide range of issues, from the lingering legacy of colonialism and decolonization (and the attendant construction of racialized thinking), to reading race and ethnicity in host location, the role of race and ethnicity in the politics of immigration and the rise of ethno-nationalism, and the state of socio-political and cultural social policies that redress racialized and ethnic inequities – from affirmative action and (postcolonial) reparations, to social justice and police reform, and the decolonization of cultural institutions and the media landscape.
By adopting an interdisciplinary approach to these issues, students will learn how the history and contemporary lived reality of race (relations) and ethnicity in host location can only be understood by accessing and closely examining – from a variety of disciplinary vantage points – the deep cultural archive of host location and its people. At the same time, students will analyze how discourses of race that originated in the United States circulate globally, are refracted through processes of mediation, and inflect local articulations of race, ethnicity and identity.
By completing this course, students will:
Articulate the history and contemporary lived reality of race and ethnicity in host location, both in its discursive and applied articulations.
Deconstruct at least two dominant discourses of race and ethnicity in host location, and evaluate the key issue sets, debates, and social policies that are animated and activated by discourses of race and ethnicity both in terms of their development, reception, and effects.
Examine the contemporary lived reality of race and ethnic affiliation in host location to both the transnational history of colonialism and decolonization writ large, and the global dissemination of US-centric discourses of race, ethnicity, and identity.
Evaluate the relationship between race, ethnicity, and other axes of identity such as gender, class, able-bodiedness and nationality, and demonstrate an ability to examine how such an intersectional perspective bears on a specific racialized articulation in any of the domains studied in the course.
Evaluate and apply two different methodologies and analytical strategies that are alternately brought to bear on the study of ethnicity, race, racialization, and race-based inequity, both those that are drawn from critical race studies (i.e. in the academy), and from social policymaking, cultural production, and social justice activism (i.e. in the real world).
This is a CIEE administered class.
Teach the Race and Ethnicityclass (i.e. design and deliver two-hour classes, for a total of 45 contact hours, across 3 weeks of teaching)
Update the existing Race and Ethnicity syllabus, while maintaining alignment with the course description and learning goals/outcomes for this class (as listed above)
Arrange for guest lecturers and site visits that extend student learning beyond the four walls of the classroom
Conduct student meetings and hold office hours if necessary
Grade student assignments and provide timely feedback in accordance with CIEE’s academic guidelines (as laid out in the CIEE Academic Manual)
Keep meticulous student records and report problematic student behavior to the CIEE Center Director
Use Canvas (CIEE’s Learning Management System) as directed by the CIEE Center Director and outlined in CIEE’s Academic Manual
Master’s degree (preferably in Sociology, Anthropology, or Ethnic Studies) and subject area expertise.
Full professional/academic fluency in English (both written and verbal).
Experience with teaching students at the university/wo level.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to speak in front of groups.
Cultural interest in the Netherlands and the U.S.
Enthusiastic, shows a lot of initiative, is not afraid to challenge students and create an open classroom environment.
Must be available to accompany students on class-related site visits.
Must be able to teach the class at the teaching times listed in the header.
Teaching location: Amsterdam
Start/end date: to be determined
Hours: 45 contact hours (plus preparation time)
Teaching times: 3-4 hours per day (morning or afternoon)
Compensation: €3.875 net (VAT included) for the complete assignment
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to:
Albertine Wiersma, CIEE Amsterdam’s Center Interim Director - via email only
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For more information about CIEE Amsterdam’s January study abroad program, please visit our website.