Introduction to Decolonisation

Module Guide: Week 8

Decolonising the structure of education

Week eight uses a decolonial lens to explore present power dynamics and hierarchies in the educational system. Students will be encouraged to (re)interpret their own experiences of education by considering how they have been shaped by colonial patterns. Learners will also consider how institutions co-opt the idea of ‘decolonisation’ in order to justify continuing colonial patterns of power. Underpinning this will be a discussion of what education is and what it entails.

Required Readings:

  • Smith, L.T. (1999). Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. Zed Books.
  • la paperson. (2017). Introduction to A Third University is Possible.

Suggested Readings:

  • Bhambra, G.K., Gebrial, D., and Nişancıoğlu, K., eds. (2018) Decolonising the University. Pluto Press.
  • Icaza, R. and de Jong, S. (2019). Introduction: decolonization and feminisms in global teaching and learning – a radical space of possibility. In Icaza, R. and de Jong, S. (eds.), Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning. Routledge, pp. xv-xxxiv.
  • Wilson, S. (2008). Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Fernwood Publishing.
  • Eizadirad, A. (2019). Decolonizing Educational Assessment.
  • Kapuya, Z. (2019). The Phenomenology of Decolonizing the University: Essays in the Contemporary Thoughts of Afrikology. Mwanaka Media and Publishing.
  • Hill, M.L. (2009). Beats, rhymes, and classroom life: Hip-hop pedagogy and the politics of identity. Teachers College Press.