800072 :Acculturation and Identity


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
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dr. M. Spotti (Coördinator)

dr. A. Nugteren

dr. M. Bender

Doel van de cursus

The student acquires knowledge of and insight in:
  • Current theories and models in the domains of acculturation and identity from the perspective of cultural psychology, cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics and religious studies;
  • Cultural, linguistic and religious dimensions of acculturation and identity of majority and minority groups across the globe;
  • Processes of acculturation in international, comparative perspective;
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods in this area.

Inhoud van de cursus

Global migratory flows, new minority formations, and continuing intercultural contact between mainstream and minorities as well as among newly arrived migrants as well as settled migrant communities bring about various processes both at group and individual level. These processes (referred to in the literature as acculturation) are studied at the level of culture in general, and language and religion in particular. 

Against this background, the course deals with the conceptual underpinning and with the implications of these processes at individual and group level, notably by dealing with how these processes affect knowledge, attitude, and behaviour. Another central concept in the course involves identity and the question of how persons from majority and minorities groups construct their identities in their daily interactions.

Important themes in the course are: the relations between acculturation, identity and ethnicity, the definition of majority and minorities groups vis-à-vis (sub)cultures, languages and religions. Further, the role of acculturation in integration in society, and the maintenance, loss or development of agroup-specific, national, and transnational identity. These themes are discussed from a Dutch, European as well as global perspective. The course consists of three blocks. four session for each of the three lecturers. 

The first block presents a general framework for identity studies and deals with the relations between language, ethnicity, and identity in the multicultural society, with a specific focus on institutions such as: education. The second part, that draws heavily on cross-cultural psychology, deals with qualitative and quantitative methods of research into acculturation and identity on the basis of case studies of Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands.The third block, stemming from religious studies instead, deals with the relationships between religion, culture, and identity.


The course is part of the five courses, which together make up the interfaculty programme Studies of the Multicultural Society. The Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences participate in the programme. The programme is recognised by the respective faculties as an accepted minor. Following Faculty regulations, students of the Faculty of Humanities have to attend all the five courses, students of the Faculty of Theology follow four courses while students of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences follow three courses. Bachelor students of other faculties at Tilburg University and Bachelor students of other universities and institutes of higher professional education (HBO) are also admitted to read for the Minor. In addition, the Minor either as a whole or parts thereof, are offered as contract courses to external students.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Syllabus met artikelen.
  2. Verkuyten, Maykel, The social psychology of ethnic identity, Psychology Press, 2005, ISBN 1-8416-9532-7 hbk. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=9611
  3. Spotti, M., Developing Identities, Aksant, 2007. the book will be made available during class

Vereiste voorkennis

For contract students and external students to the UvT apply the general terms and conditions of the Babylon Minor - Studies of the Multicultural Society.

Verplicht voor

  • Bachelorminor: Studies van de Multiculturele Samenleving ( 2014 )

Mogelijk interessant voor

  • Minor Studies van de Multiculturele Samenleving ( 2012 )