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Teaching for Change: An African Philosophical Approach

Understand teaching and learning in an African context, and learn about cultivating pedagogical encounters in relation to Africa.

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Teaching for Change: An African Philosophical Approach
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours

African philosophy of education has emerged as an educational challenge for many involved in contemporary education. In this course you’ll learn more about this philosophy, why it’s being examined, how it potentially responds to teaching and learning and what can be done to improve education in a just manner. Our focus on pedagogical encounters (more specifically teaching and learning) is one way in which we contend major problems on the continent can be resolved educationally.

Analysing African philosophy of education

To understand the nature of African philosophy education first we will examine its primary aspects: that is, interpreting its underlying philosophy of education. You’ll develop your critical capacities and skills as we explore these ideas and elucidate work from different African philosophers in relation to education. Our contention is that African philosophy of education has something to offer in order to resolve major problems on the continent.

Understanding and being responsive to the education from an African perspective

By using selected case studies and conceptual clarifications in relation to landmark events in recent African history, you’ll learn about how education in Africa currently unfolds in particular regarding the challenges that confront it. You’ll also get a sense of the problems the African continent faces and then how African philosophy of education can be used to respond to these problems.

Learning about achieving justice in Africa

African societies are often characterised by high levels of inequality, poverty, human suffering and inhumanity. In the final part of the course we’ll contemplate as to how these problems might be resolved with the application of different spheres of justice, namely, moral, compassionate and restorative - those educational aspects of justice that has emerged as significant action concepts to minimise and alleviate human contestation, insecurity and suffering.

What topics will you cover?

  • African thinking and doing: A way of practicing philosophy of education
  • Educational encounters as forms of human engagement through an examination of case studies
  • Moral, compassionate and restorative justice in relation to defensible African education
  • Teaching and learning in the context of change
  • Ethno-philosophy and communitarian philosophy of education in relation to Ubuntu and justice
  • Identification of major problems on the African continent and an examination of their implications for African education

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply critical understanding of teaching and learning in an African context
  • Assess thinking and doing in relation to education on the African continent
  • Assess African understandings of education in relation to teaching and learning
  • Explore justice through and within African education
  • Analyse societal problems in relation to teaching and learning
  • Assess problems analysing education
  • Apply cultural reasoning and critique in resolving educational problems
  • Apply Ubuntu citizenship in combatting xenophobia
  • Apply Ubuntu justice in remedying conflict and violence in African societies

Who is the course for?

There are no special requirements for this course but an interest in education, philosophy or Africa might be beneficial.

Who will you learn with?

Distinguished professor and analytic philosopher of education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Research interests are in African philosophy of education, and democratic citizenship pedagogy

Who developed the course?

Stellenbosch University

Nestled between the picturesque Boland mountains and vineyards of the Cape Winelands of South Africa, Stellenbosch University is recognised as a frontrunner in research and academic excellence.

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