Cultural Studies

Culture, Ideology and Belief

A module on how social movements and faith communities can act as agents of change, and the forces blocking them; collective myths and underlying conflicts; and tools for the analysis of change - how interventions can reinforce or transform society
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.


  • 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

What's included?

  • 11 main sessions
  • 30+ videos
  • 11 reflective tasks
  • Community discussion
  • 2 assignments
  • Course certificate


Cultural Analysis

We make social analysis skills central to all of our learning. This mini-course in Cultural Analysis provides tools and skills for undertsanding the broader context of values, ideas and beliefs. We recommend that you take it alongside the main course.


Live Seminars

You will get access to regular live online seminars and the opportunity to suggest seminar topics or even take part in presenting a seminar. This bonus comes as part of our Associate Membership package.


Associate Membership

In addition to access to live seminars, your one-year Associate Membership includes free previews to new courses. It also gives you Workspace tools and apps, including a dedicated email account.

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