Critical Pedagogy

Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy

A 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.

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

What's included?

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

BONUS 1

Situation Analysis

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

BONUS 2

Associate Membership

A one-year Associate Membership Basic subscription includes a dedicated email account and Google Workspace tools and apps. Membership is available strictly according to our Terms and Conditions.

BONUS 3

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.
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Course contents

Frequently asked questions

Can I view the course material without taking the assignments?

You do not have to take the assignments at the end of the course, but there are tasks and exercises during the course that are essential to the learning process. You will need to complete these in order to progress.

How long does the course take?

If you go through the sessions week by week and complete everything as quickly as possible, the course will take around three months. However, we give you a year's registration in order to make sure that you have plenty of time.

What do I need to do for the course certificate?

There are two assignments at the end of the course. The first is a learning journal, which will be based on tasks and exercises that you have completed throughout the course. The second is an essay. Additionally, as a prerequisite, you must have successfully completed the accompanying social analysis mini-course.

Do I get feedback during the course?

Yes, you are able to engage with tutors and you will receive help and feedback where needed. We would also encourage you to engage with other learners on the course.