Västra Nylands Folkhögskola

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Study Programmes


The courses in this programme will be highly interactive and will teach you how to recognise, analyse and manage the important details of living and working in a diverse society. It will provide the essential history of diversity and an analysis of its many aspects, the ideological and legal framework for inclusion and non-discrimination, and an in-depth view of different theories and approaches to managing diversity in social and economic environments.

The challenges, barriers, and benefits of diversity will be discussed and explored, helping you to understand how to have a strategic influence in a group. The Diploma will introduce best practices in the field and will present the role and competencies of an effective diversity practitioner.

The complete course will run for 8 (eight) months. However, the programme is structured in eight consecutive modules, each counting 100 work hours and having a different main focus, but with a certain degree of continuity between them. There is also a project work module that counts for 100 hours of work to be completed by the end of the course.

You may therefore decide to attend one, two, or more of the following modules:

DMI1 – Communication Management

Theory of Communication, Communication Styles, Non-Verbal Communication, Negotiation Techniques, Talking to Foreigners, Understanding Foreigners, Plurilingual Skills, Using Language and Image in Communication

DMI2 – Cultural History

Theory of Culture, Cultural Dimensions, Identity Building, Values and Attitudes, The Role of Ethics and National Culture, Philosophy, History of Religions and Belief Systems, Culture and Politics

DMI3 – Intercultural Communication

Cross-cultural vs. Intercultural Skills, Barriers to Intercultural Communication, The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, Conflict and Negotiation

DMI4 – Managing Cultural Diversity

Multicultural Groups and Societies, Stereotypes and Prejudice, Elements of Diversity, Clash of Moralities, Social Class Hierarchies, Power and Politics

DMI5 – Managing Demographic Diversity

Population Changes, Ageism, Gender Issues, Racism, Immigration and Acculturation, Human Rights Legislation, Case Studies of Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policies

DMI6 – Managing Diverse Teams

Team Building Strategies, Managing Group Dynamics, Team Role Inventories, Individual Differences and Perceptions, Managing Stress and Emotions, Leading People from Within, Designing a Motivating Diverse Work Environment

DMI7 – Business Administration and Management

The Interactionist Perspective, Person-Organisation vs. Person-Job Fit, The Ethics of Finance and Corruption, Startup 101 – Benefits and Challenges of Diversity in Start-Up Businesses, Decision Making Strategies, Cultural Understandings of Corporate Social Responsibility, Case Studies including JCI Junior Chamber International and some of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity

DMI8 – Work in International Organisations 

Organisational Behaviour, Organisation Structures and Diversity Makeup, Organisational Culture, The European Intercultural Workplace, Case Studies including The United Nations, Amnesty International, The Red Cross, Greenpeace, OECD and The European Union

DEW0 – Project Work

A final project is obligatory for students who want to obtain the Diploma. This practical work will provide them the opportunity to demonstrate the developed competences and to acquire new skills through the elaboration of a Strategic Diversity Plan and/or Report for a specific policy area or an organisation, company, civil society group, etc. The plan will be assessed by senior-level persons in the field who will provide feedback about plan designs, content, sustainability, and possibilities for success.


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Citizens outside EU Please note that the Finnish government does not provide a residence permit for one-year studies at Folk High Schools.