Diversity in the context of university. Racism-critical perspectives into everyday university life.
Diversity in the context of university. Racism-critical perspectives into everyday university life.

Diversity in the context of university. Racism-critical perspectives into everyday university life.

Erasmus+, Mykolo Romerio Universitetas, Universidad de Salamanca, University of Vienna

HELCI-Team Wien


Duration 4 units
Unit 2 hours/unit
Licence CC BY-SA 4.0
Participants 167
Availability Unlimited
Start Date 29 February 2024
Costs € 0.00

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General Course Information

This MOOC is part of the EU+ Project HELCI Higher Education Learning Community for Inclusion in cooperation with the University of Salamanca in Spain and the Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania. In the framework of this project we have produced four MOOCs with different focuses:

  • Human rights in Academia

  • Building inclusive Diversity: Learning about affective-sexual and Gender diversity

  • Substantive Gender equality at the university

  • Diversity in the context of university. Racism-critical perspectives into everyday university life 

This particular MOOC focuses - as the name suggests - on cultural and ethnic diversity within the university context. Based on the diverse university community of the University of Vienna, we provide knowledge and expertise in the field of diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination. To this end, we spoke to scientists and experts who work both inside and outside the university environment. In addition, some videos were created by students themselves, who dealt with the topics of racism and discrimination as a part of a seminar. 

The MOOC is aimed at the entire university community - from lecturers and administrative staff to students and other educational institutions


Course Content

In recent years, universities across Europe have become increasingly diverse and inclusive. Nevertheless, as studies and personal accounts show, the university context is still characterised by various forms of discrimination, such as sexism, ableism, homophobia, classism and racism. Access to university is not equally possible for all social groups. At the same time, there is also a growing need to address the diversity of both students and staff within the university. Students in particular are increasingly calling for changes to curricula in order to create an inclusive and diverse university and for teachers to adapt their teaching and content to the new circumstances.

The course therefore provides a basic introduction to the topic of "Racism and anti-racism in the university context" and consists of an introduction and four content-related lessons.

The topics of the four lectures are

  1. What is diversity?

  2. Perspectives on university 

  3. Diversity in and out of classroom

  4. Students as actors of change 

Course Goals

After completing the course, participants should gain a basic understanding of the concepts of diversity, racism and anti-racism and understand how they are embedded in social contexts. 

In addition, this MOOC should encourage participants to self-reflect and motivate them to deal with the topics of diversity and discrimination on their own.

Previous Knowledge

No specific prior knowledge required. 

Course Procedure

As described above, the course consists of an introduction and four content lessons. Each of these lessons contains 5-6 learning videos. As soon as you are an active participant in the MOOC, all lessons are available to you and you can work them through in the order of your choice.

At the end of each module, you will find a reflection video and a quiz where you can independently check your learning progress. Some of the videos also include interactive elements to test or expand your newly acquired knowledge. Successful completion of the entire course results in a course certificate.


For actively participating in the course you will receive an automatic certificate which includes your username, the course name as well as the completed lessons. We want to point out that this certificate merely confirms that the user answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions correctly.


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Course Instructor

HELCI-Team Wien

head of project

Univ. Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Rosenberger was born in 1957 in Ried/Upper Austria. She carries an MA (Mag.rer.soc.oec.) in Economics and Political Science as well as a PhD in Political Science from the University of Innsbruck. Since 1998 Sieglinde Rosenberger is Full Professor at the Department of Political Science at University of Vienna, since then she took up several research fellowships at renowned Universities like Harvard (2003/04) and the EUI in Florence (2007). From 2006 to 2007 Prof. Rosenberger was chairperson of the Austrian Political Science Association, from 2006 to 2016 she was a member of the Senate of the University of Vienna. Currently, she is deputy speaker of the interdisciplinary Research Center "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society" at the University of Vienna.

She is associate editor of "Comparative Migration Studies".

Since 2018 she is a member of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration.

Her main research interests are Democracy and Differences/Diversity in Europe, Political Participation and Protest, Migration and Asylum, Gender Studies, Policy Analysis (Welfare State and Equality policies), and Austrian Political System.

Course instructors

 Helena Segarra Ph. D. is co-project leader of the Erasmus+ project HELCI and post-doc at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on European and national asylum and border policies, accommodation of asylum seekers, migration, inclusion and participation, empirical social research, ethnography, European higher education.

Lisa Tackie BA is an MA student in African Studies and International Development at the University of Vienna. Since summer 2023 she is part of the EU+ Project HELCI. In addition, she works as a workshop trainer on the topics of anti-racism and civil courage for various organisations, including asylkoordination österreich, Schwarze Frauen Community and Disrupt. Her research interests are Anti-Racism, Decolonisation, African Diaspora, Intersectionality, Educational Work on Anti-Racism, Travel Studies. 

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