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Unit information: Education Viewed from the Global South in 2021/22

Unit name Education Viewed from the Global South
Unit code EDUC20002
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Sriprakash
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces scholars from the global South, highlighting their contribution to theory and practice. Students will apply their insights to educational problems in the North and South. There will be a particular focus on the legacy of Empire and the role education plays in creating and reproducing inequality. The unit is mainly organised around the work of key thinkers and movements within Latin America, Africa and South Asia.

The aims of the unit are to enable students to:

  1. Review the work of key scholars from the global South.
  2. Appreciate how contemporary global inequalities have been socio-culturally and historically constructed, particularly through processes of colonialism and Empire.
  3. Explore non-hegemonic perspectives on education, and recognise how they challenge dominant discourses on education in the global South.
  4. Apply insights from Southern scholarship to contemporary educational issues in either the global South or the global North.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate that they:

  1. Engage critically with the work of a range of key scholars form the Global South.
  2. Independently source and critique literature related to education theory and practice.
  3. Apply theory from the Global South to contemporary debates in education.
  4. Recognising how histories of Empire continue to shape global educational practices and university curricula.
  5. Develop and present coherent and original arguments to different academic audiences that build on theory from Global South.

Teaching Information

Classes will involve a combination of lectures, class discussion, investigative activities, debates and group presentations. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment:

A group presentation exploring a contemporary issue in education which draws on literature introduced in the unit (20%); (ILOs 1,3,5)

A 2500 word review of the contribution of a single or connected group of Southern scholars to educational theory. (80%) (ILOs 1-5)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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