THE podcast: Decolonising the curriculum

Three people pushing for change on university campuses discuss how decolonisation goes beyond course content

September 2, 2019
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What does it really mean to decolonise the curricula and pedagogical practices of higher education? Meera Sabaratnam, senior lecturer in international relations at SOAS University of London and chair of the Decolonising SOAS working group, joins the podcast to discuss what decolonising looks like in a UK context and how it goes well beyond simply the content of a course.

Kaleke Kolawole, a graduate of the African studies master’s programme at SOAS and a facilitator for decolonising toolkits, explain why this work should extend to secondary and primary education.

And Myriam Kane, a member of Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action (GARA) and a former member of the National Union of Students’ national executive council, gives a first-hand account of the 137-day student protest at Goldsmiths, University of London and why cultural competency training for all staff and annual funding specifically for black history events were among the protestors’ demands.

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