Helping staff working in Law, Politics, Sociology and Criminology in decentring the eurocentrism in their pedagogy, specifically reading lists but also – as is necessary – their teaching content and approaches.
- Engagement from staff.
- Funds to employ consultancy.
- Buy-in from senior University leaders.
Available evidence of impact:
- Shift of attitudes.
- Staff engagement and commitment across the institution.
Links to available resources:
- Decolonising Methodology
- Decolonising the Curriculum Workshop
- Decolonising the Curriculum – Staff Away Day
Implementation and potential challenges:
- Audit/review our Criminology and Sociology undergraduate modules with an external consultant (Professor Jason Arday) which included focus groups with staff and students. Presented findings to staff.
- Chairing an equality and inclusion session at the Departmental (Sociology and Criminology) online away day with input from Black ex-students discussing their thoughts on the Whiteness of the curriculum, staff members, and the racial exclusions they experienced.
- Setting up an online teaching and learning space as a repository for resources on texts on decoloniality, race, intersectionality.
- Setting up a decolonial reading group in November 2021 for members of the Criminology and Sociology department.
- Ensuring welcome week activities focused on inclusion, belonging and decolonisation.
- Setting up a regular online meeting space with BAME colleagues.
- Email channels with BAME students to discuss topical issues such as BLM, and their experiences at Middlesex.
How to Use:
- Refer to Middlesex presentations on decolonising.
- Allocation of time for academic staff to work on module content.
- Consider representation within reading lists and module content.
- Think about how texts are taught, critiqued and how academic literacies are experienced.
- Encourage exploration and deconstruction of the origins of discipline, through curriculum development.
- Allow students to explore identity and histories for a collective understanding of discipline.
- Check module content for negative stereotyping.