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Course Number:
ES 260
Course Title:
Decolonizing Education
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Course Description

Explores decolonial theories of education in relation to classroom pedagogy. Considers the history and contemporary impact of colonial education in the United States and globally. Participation in the Critical Educator of Color Program (CECP) required. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is a required course for the Critical Educator of Color Program (CECP).

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify educational policies and instructional practices that reproduce disparate educational outcomes for students based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, amongst other social identities and identifiers.
  2. Articulate the theory of liberatory praxis in relation to colonialism.
  3. Apply examples of liberatory approaches in education to the context of the Pacific Northwest.
  4. Map a sequence of workshops or lessons on participatory action research for their choice of K-12 student audience.

Aspirational Goals

This course aspires to:

  1. Help students connect their lived experiences of schooling with research and current scholarship on education in the United States

  2. Be a space of connection and relationships among learners

  3. Model a decolonial and liberatory praxis in its content and delivery

Course Activities and Design

Class meeting time consists of lecture, collaborative projects, Socratic seminars, fishbowl discussions, structured debates, and student presentations. Meeting time may also include the following: writing; viewing relevant films and documentaries; listening to audio materials such as music or oral histories; hosting guest speakers.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Specific assessment strategies are at the discretion of the instructor but should include a variety of formative assessments to test student learning. Instructors are encouraged to integrate the following kinds of tasks that assess student achievement of course outcomes in a holistic and comprehensive manner:

  • Short synthesis or analytical papers on specific concepts, issues and themes

  • Research papers

  • Oral presentations

  • Group presentations of research or analysis projects

  • Participation in small and large group discussions

  • Admit and exit ticket assignments

  • Hosted gallery walks

  • Reflection journals

  • Portfolios

  • Digital media projects

  • Oral histories and interviews

  • Community or public history projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:       

  • Colonialism

  • Critical pedagogy

  • Decolonial pedagogy

  • Liberatory praxis

  • Neoliberalism and public education

  • School-to-prison pipeline

  • Historical construction of US education 

  • Language policies and colonial education

  • Social Justice curriculum design

  • Critical Race Theory and education

  • Youth participatory action research