Online Course

Paulo Freire’s philosophy of education has had a profound impact on people throughout the world working for social change. His work has been applied not only to formal educational settings but to many diverse social movements.

This is an introductory course looking at key themes in Paulo Freire's work, some of the thinkers relevant to the development of critical pedagogy, and applications of Freire's work in different fields.

Topics

  • An introduction to the course and your part in it. Do you see yourself as a change agent? Do you have an involvement in social change as an activist or organizer?
  • What do you think Paulo Freire's message is in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and is it relevant to your experience?
  • Paulo Freire as thinker, teacher and activist.
  • The key concepts in Freire's work and how they might be understood.
  • Related thinkers in critical pedagogy and beyond.
  • Applying Freirean principles and methodologies in a concrete way.
  • The origins and development of critical pedagogy.
  • Freire's approach in the classroom and the dangers of treating Freire's approach as simply a set of teaching methods.
  • How Freire's pedagogy has influenced a variety of approaches, using contemporary examples.


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Quick Start

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Course Syllabus

    • Tasks and Assignments

  • 2

    Introduction: Values and Social Change

    • Seminar: Values and Social Change

    • Seminar: Values and Social Change (Part 2)

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-01)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-01)

  • 3

    Freire as Thinker

    • Seminar: Freire as Thinker

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-02)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-02)

  • 4

    Freire as Educator

    • Seminar: Freire as Educator

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-03)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-03)

  • 5

    Freire as Change Agent

    • Seminar: Freire as Change Agent

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-04)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-04)

  • 6

    Critical Social Theory

    • Seminar: Critical Social Theory

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-05)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-05)

  • 7

    Key Thinkers in Critical Pedagogy

    • Seminar: Key Thinkers in Critical Pedagogy

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-06)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-06)

  • 8

    Feminist and Anti-Racist Pedagogies

    • Seminar: Feminist and Anti-Racist Pedagogies

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-07)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-07)

  • 9

    Freire in the Classroom

    • Seminar: Freire in the Classroom

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-08)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-08)

  • 10

    Freire and Community Work

    • Seminar: Community Organizing

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-09)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-09)

  • 11

    Freire and Theatre of the Oppressed

    • Seminar: Theatre of the Oppressed

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-10)

    • Social Analysis Exercise (W1-10)

  • 12

    Conclusion: Rethinking 'Popular Education'

    • Seminar: Rethinking 'Popular Education'

    • Key Learning Exercise (CP4101-11)

  • 13

    Course Completion

    • Learning Journal

    • Social Analysis Workbook

    • Essay