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Week one wrap up and summary

In this article we summarise the key learning points in week one.
Well done for getting to the end of week 1!

This week we’ve explored what decolonising education and knowledge might mean, why it’s important now and how universities and other educational institutions are implicated in this process.

We have considering the following issues and concepts:

  • the relationship between knowledge (as a concept), knowledge production (as a process) and European colonialism.

  • The ongoing systemic impact of the coloniality of power, which we defined in step 1.3 and step 1.4, in areas such as health, housing and employment.

  • the different ways in which decolonisation and decoloniality have developed around the world, both historically and in the present day.

  • the crucial importance of recognising the colonial past of the university as an institution and of working with communities outside of it in order to engage in meaningful decolonisation

We also explored examples from the city of Bristol of how different groups are putting decolonisation into practice. Next week, we turn to the social sciences, with a focus on economics, law, education and sociology.

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