LRM52: CRITICAL PEDAGOGY

Module Code: LRM 52

ECTS Credit Points: 10

Module Type: Compulsory

Semester offered: First (1st)

Coordinator: Eleni Skourtou

Language: English

General Description of LRM 52

In this module students are to be introduced to the basic principles of the theory of critical pedagogy. Critical pedagogy is a theory of education that:

a) Offers professionals the opportunity to reflect upon their own educational beliefs, practices, and processes in order to unpack their position as educators of the dominant culture,

b) Gives teachers the voice and the tools to reflect upon their teaching methodology vis-a-vis their student's critical thinking,

c) Equips teachers with tools so that they make the educational process empowering rather than overpowering for their students, and

d) promotes equality and social justice through action research within the school and within the community.

Students are expected to critically examine the concept of language in relation to power and ideology and critically engage in the discussion about the ideological properties of language and its role as a major tool in processes for fighting for social and political power. Recognising the new linguistic scenarios in schools and in society students are expected to raise their critical consciousness which is a necessary precondition for carrying out reflexive teaching practice.  

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students are expected to:

identify the relationship between language, ideology and power

engage in a critical analysis of reality

acquire a general picture of the place of language in society

co-create spaces for debate

identify language as a critical tool to transform teaching into a medium of unveiling reality, fighting injustice and embracing “educated hope”

develop critical consciousness which can inform teaching practice

realise how words can unveil the mechanism of oppression

develop and apply critical language awareness

develop and apply academic reading and writing skills

engage in action concerning refugee or immigrant communities in their local contexts

Subjects

  • Ideologies, Power and Language

  • Nationalism, Identity and Popular Culture

  • Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice

  • Critical Education and Social Change

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this module.

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