The Pedagogy of Diversity, 23 May 2017

An Atlas presentation for a seminar with Leslie Pal on how issues of identity can be addressed in the MPP/MPA Core Curriculum

1 – Questions for discussion:

  • What identity-related topics and concepts should be taught in the first year of the MPP?
  • Which courses should teach which topics and concepts?
  • Can comprehension of identity-related concepts be assessed with online quizzes?

2 – Definitions and debates:

3 – The most identity-related core subjects (4 of 17) and core topics (9 of 120) in the MPP/MPA Core Curriculum:

4 – The most identity-related core concepts (~53 of ~1,200) in the MPP/MPA Core Curriculum, arrayed by topic:

Diversity, Identity, and Rights

Politics of Difference

Identity and Identity Politics

Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Culture


Is Race “Real”?

Sex and Gender Terms

Sexual Orientation

Religion and Religious Practices


Implicit Bias and the Harvard Implicit Association Test

Identity and Rights


Duty to Accommodate


Viewpoint Diversity


Jessim’s Analysis of Stereotype Accuracy

Political Correctness, Populism, and Freedom of Speech

Concept Creep

Victimhood Culture

Jordan Peterson’s PC Game

Haidt’s Telos Choice – Either Truth or Social Justice

Gender Inequality

Diversity and Equality

Gender Differences in the Brain

Gender Differences in Variability

Gender Differences in Personality

Gender Differences in Competitiveness

Gender Differences in Self-Esteem

Gender Differences in Earnings (Gender Wage Gap)

Gender Differences at the Top

Gender Differences in Health

Gender Differences in Criminality

Affirmative Action

Women’s Rights and Men’s Rights Movements

The Study of Governance and Institutions

Competing Values in Governance and Institutions

Courts, Tribunals, and Commissions

Human Rights Commissions

Human Rights Tribunals

Indigenous Peoples

Context for Indigenous Governance in Canada


Indigenous Governance

Nation-to-Nation Relationship

Inherent Right to Self-Government

Abele and Prince’s Four Models of Aboriginal Self-Government

Governance vs. Self-Government

Papillon’s Mosaic of Aboriginal Governance

Recognizing Values

Haidt’s 6 Innate Moral Foundations

Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI)

Managing Oneself

Becoming Self-aware

Taking Responsibility

Developing Resilience

Promoting Excellence and Diversity

Merit System

Employment Equity

Pay Equity

Talent Management

5 – Relevant courses

6 – Pedagogical considerations: 

7 – Can online quizzes assess concept comprehension?

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 22 May 2017.

Image: Dan Gluibizzi, in Mark Lilla (2016), The End of Identity Liberalism, New York Times, 18 November, at, accessed 20 December 2016.