Teaching for Change: An African Philosophical Approach
Stellenbosch University
  • Start Date: 16 Jan, 2017
  • 4 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Understand teaching and learning in an African context, and learn about cultivating pedagogical encounters in relation to Africa.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Introduction

Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

African philosophy of education has emerged as an educational challenge for many involved in contemporary education. In this course you’ll learn more about this philosophy, why it’s being examined, how it potentially responds to teaching and learning and what can be done to improve education in a just manner. Our focus on pedagogical encounters (more specifically teaching and learning) is one way in which we contend major problems on the continent can be resolved educationally.


Analysing African philosophy of education


To understand the nature of African philosophy education first we will examine its primary aspects: that is, interpreting its underlying philosophy of education. You’ll develop your critical capacities and skills as we explore these ideas and elucidate work from different African philosophers in relation to education. Our contention is that African philosophy of education has something to offer in order to resolve major problems on the continent.


Understanding and being responsive to the education from an African perspective


By using selected case studies and conceptual clarifications in relation to landmark events in recent African history, you’ll learn about how education in Africa currently unfolds in particular regarding the challenges that confront it. You’ll also get a sense of the problems the African continent faces and then how African philosophy of education can be used to respond to these problems.


Learning about achieving justice in Africa


African societies are often characterised by high levels of inequality, poverty, human suffering and inhumanity. In the final part of the course we’ll contemplate as to how these problems might be resolved with the application of different spheres of justice, namely, moral, compassionate and restorative - those educational aspects of justice that has emerged as significant action concepts to minimise and alleviate human contestation, insecurity and suffering.


There are no special requirements for this course but an interest in education, philosophy or Africa might be beneficial.


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The main SU campus is characterised by a fusion of state-of-the-art modern contemporary and time-honored architecture from previous centuries. This fusion reflects how SU has both sound academic underpinnings as an established institution of excellence, and visionary thinking regarding the creation of a sustainable 21st century.

SU takes pride in its recognition as being a frontrunner in research and academic excellence. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. It also features among the world’s elite institutions in 10 of the 36 subjects featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015.

SU was also included in the 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide. Subsequently, SU recognises its responsibility and role in building the intellectual, scientific and technological capacity of not only South Africa, but the African continent as a whole.

 

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