Community Education and Consciousness Raising - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay (30%) , Evaluation - Community education program (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit explores the potential power of education to transform both personal and social-political realities. It looks at education as a tool for changing deeply held (and sometimes denied) prejudices such as racism, sexism or homophobia. It covers theories and examples of consciousness-raising, dialogue and non-traditional community education; techniques which can be used in working with community groups; and theatre, storytelling, problem posing education, critical pedagogy, sentimental education, dialogue.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and critique theories of community education and consciousness raising
  2. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant community education literature
  3. analyse and communicate theories of community education and consciousness raising
  4. critically analyse political, policy and moral issues using community education and consciousness raising theories.
  • Essay (30%)
  • Evaluation — Community education program (45%)
  • Report — Readings report (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: key ideas, key concepts and key thinkers
2Processes of oppression: education and de-schooling and institutionalisation
3Democracy, education and freedom
4Critical pedagogy, progressive learning and progressive engagement
5Teaching practicalities and passions
6Spirituality informing consciousness raising
7Feminist pedagogy and praxis
8Socio-economic disadvantage, poverty and inequality: why class matters
9Race, ethnicity and racism in education
10Refugees, rights and education
11Consciousness raising and Indigenous peoples: (post) colonial identities, critical literacies and critical education
12Education in the global south and transitioning democracies

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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