Multiculturalism: Exam Questions, Mark Schemes (Indicative Content) and Examiner's Reports

Similar to my documents on feminism, ecologism and nationalism, this resource contains all exam questions from January 2010 to January 2012 alongside examiner's comments and condensed indicative content.

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Multiculturalism Exam Questions



January 2010

How and why have multiculturalists supported minority rights?

Minority rights: belong to groups rather than individuals
`Special rights' may advantage certain groups over others
Include right to be respected, `polyethnic' rights, representation rights (positive discrimination) or
even self-government
Justification stems from role upholding cultural identity…

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and clearly pejorative image of feminism. The hope is these crude and un-theoretical accounts of multiculturalism
will die out quickly.
Remember that this question is not 'for and against'. You are being asked to give a range of grounds, from more
than one multiculturalist position.

Cultural diversity compatible with political…

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January 2011

Why have some multiculturalists criticised liberalism?

The relationship between liberalism and multiculturalism appears to be well understood. Strong responses
recognised that, from the perspective of pluralist multiculturalism, liberalism can only accept cultural diversity if it
operates within a liberal framework, especially as toleration is restricted to those who…

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values and practices as legitimate. Less successful responses, however, tended to be descriptive rather than
analytical, and often provided generalised accounts of the rival multiculturalist traditions rather than examining
their differencing approaches to diversity and the politics of difference.

Multiculturalist support:
o Diversity balanced against unity, serves unity through existence…

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