Subject details

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

  1. describe and critique theories of commsubjecty education and consciousness raising
  2. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant commsubjecty education literature
  3. analyse and communicate theories of commsubjecty education and consciousness raising
  4. critically analyse political, policy and moral issues using commsubjecty education and consciousness raising theories.
  • Topics
    • Introduction: key ideas, key concepts and key thinkers
    • Processes of oppression: education and de-schooling and institutionalisation
    • Democracy, education and freedom
    • Critical pedagogy, progressive learning and progressive engagement
    • Teaching practicalities and passions
    • Spirituality informing consciousness raising
    • Feminist pedagogy and praxis
    • Socio-economic disadvantage, poverty and inequality: why class matters
    • Race, ethnicity and racism in education
    • Refugees, rights and education
    • Consciousness raising and Indigenous peoples: (post) colonial identities, critical literacies and critical education
    • Education in the global south and transitioning democracies
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject 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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Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Assignment 1 - Readings report (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Evaluation —Community education program (45%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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