Tag: Decolonising the Curriculum

Challenging Whiteness in the Curriculum

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

The aim of this work is to raise awareness of a need to decolonise the curriculum project. A video was sent to all course leaders and they were asked to attend course team meetings to talk about some concrete ways in which they could make their curriculum more inclusive e.g. through examples and case studies, by making the reading lists diverse, by critiquing western assumptions (e.g. challenging the inherent individualism of Enlightenment thinkers and those who have come after them. A specific instance used in sport psychology would be Maslow). A small group of critical friends have formed who have the role of advising the Deputy Head who is leading the BAME work, on strategies strategies for tackling issues around whiteness in the curriculum. Many colleagues find this area of work challenging and have voiced their need for more support from those in SHU with relevant expertise.  The request has been raised centrally and the HWB BME Working Group has an update with Professor Jacqueline Stevenson scheduled where this can be discussed.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Framework for Inclusive Co-Design of assessment literature

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

This project is an initiative of the HWB BAME Working Group and aimed to enhance the inclusivity of the literature drawn on in courses by involving a diverse student voice in the design of literature. The project is currently in the early stages of development and outcomes will not be fully realised until the 2018/19 academic year.

The framework and proof-of-concept testing will provide a tangible output, which can be shared for implementation elsewhere in the university. The inclusive approach will ensure that it is transferable, replicable and scalable.

For further information contact the project lead Catherine Arnold, c.arnold@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Decolonising the Curriculum: Modules

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics (PSP)

Following the department’s Addressing Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity in Curricular Practice project, staff within Sociology began to revise their teaching by adding on or re-thinking their modules. African Politics and Human Rights and Capitalism were two elective modules had been decolonised as part of this process. From this, Anjana has proposed a new core module be introduced to the curriculum for next year which will solely focus on colonialism. In addition to this, the current Graduate Development module is being re-worked. This module is a non-topic module and staff are currently in the process of thinking of more practical ways decolonisation can happen.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Anjana Raghavan a.raghavan@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Addressing Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity in Curricular Practice

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics (PSP)

The project had four main strands:

1.cultural/diversity critical awareness and reflection for staff (delivered through pilot workshops);
2. decolonising pedagogical practice (through upcoming curriculum review of reading lists, teaching methods etc);
3.review of marketing materials and practices (to increase BAME recruitment; centre a commitment to equality;
4. inclusiveness and representation); placement experiences (review of practice guidelines and student feedback forms).

The project raised staff awareness of issues facing BAME students. It has highlighted how staff need to review and, where necessary, revise their approach to the curriculum in the interests of making it more inclusive and to capture diverse voices. The Department has made a commitment to a thorough critical review of practice over the medium to long term.

It is hoped that the approach to curriculum development work in PSP will be transferable. Although the content of the curricula differs across subject groups, it should still be possible to identify the process, approach and key questions raised in reviewing curricula.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Anjana Raghavan, a.raghavan@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Decolonising reading lists

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This action research project aimed to make reading lists in Law & Criminology more diverse and inclusive. All module leaders were asked to supply a reading list and module synopsis or enrol researchers onto Blackboard to access lists. The intended approach was to assess what percentage of titles on reading lists were authored by BAME scholars. The aim was to then recommend three additional readings from BAME scholars to module leaders who could then, assess these sources and, if approved, incorporate them into their module reading lists and lecture/seminar materials. If suggestions were deemed unsuitable (in relation to the course requirements) module leaders were encouraged to search for alternative readings authored by at least one BAME scholar.

The project is replicable. Once the method of measurement is defined then the initiative can be replicated across other departments.

For further information contact the project lead Larissa Povey, l.povey@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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