Decolonising the Curriculum LSBU was developed as part of a What Works project funded by London South Bank University, based on participatory research with students. The website contains resources for students and lecturers: a visually attractive reading list which has been incorporated into the library under #BLM Reading List, a toolkit, an example of a decolonised module, events, webinars, and blogs. It is currently being developed by the newly appointed Decolonising Research Fellow who is on a permanent contract. This in itself is a development – a first in academia instigated by Professor Shaminder Takhar.
- Funding to run workshops and events.
- Look at participatory research work with students to develop content.
Available evidence of impact:
- Feedback from students.
- Engagement with participatory research.
Links to available resources:
- Decolonising the Curriculum – main website
- Downloadable Toolkits for staff to use to decolonise their curricula
- Reading list
- Useful articles
- Case Studies
Implementation and potential challenges:
- Support from colleagues and seniors at university level.
- Funding for new posts.
How to Use:
- Staff can use the Toolkits to decolonise their own reading lists and teaching.
- Students can be engaged through involvement in assessing curricula.
- Case studies can be used to inspire those working in Sociology who don’t know where to start in decolonising practice, or how to improve the learning experience for BAME students.
- The ‘Three Pillars’ of decolonising a university are useful guidance to senior university management to guide institutional planning.
- Funding needs to be ringfenced for a permanent research post in decolonial studies to ensure long-term commitment to this process.