Decolonising Education: Knowledge, Power and Society

Module code: X4400E
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Decolonising education is critical for social justice in the Global North and South. This raises important questions about the relationships between knowledge, power and society in the past and present. This module addresses these issues. It engages with the politics and history of education in both UK and international contexts. It critiques how the curriculum has privileged particular knowledges and identities in ways that are racialised, gendered and classed. Throughout the module, we relate these issues to students’ own experiences of education and what decolonising education means for them.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically engage with the work of education in the global production of social inequalities related to issues such as race, gender, sexuality and class
  • Demonstrate theoretical understandings of the history and politics of knowledge and the curriculum and their implications for global educational and social inequalities
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of different ways of researching educational inequalities and the insights these approaches bring for decolonising education
  • Draw on personal experiences of education to develop critical analytical arguments