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Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Towards socially just curricula and decolonised university teaching

CURRICULUM FUNDIS: University of South Australia Professors Lew Zipin and Marie Brennan present a seminar on decolonising universities on the Bellville Campus. CURRICULUM FUNDIS: University of South Australia Professors Lew Zipin and Marie Brennan present a seminar on decolonising universities on the Bellville Campus.

Areas of possible intervention when considering decolonising South African universities include changing research and teaching content, learning and teaching methods, institutional structures and university governance.

These and other areas were discussed by the University of South Australia’s Professors Marie Brennan and Lew Zipin during a Research Seminar organised by the Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development on the Bellville Campus recently.

The duo delivered a lecture titled: “Socially Just Curricula and University Teaching: Urgencies, Emergencies and Emergences”.

She said that disciplinary knowledge, curricula and syllabi as well as institutional structures and university governance should be decolonised.

The visiting academics fielded pertinent and tough questions from members of the audience.

Fundani Director, Prof Monwabisi Ralarala, welcomed the guests to CPUT and thanked them for sharing their vast knowledge and international experience with the university.

Brennan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University. She worked as a humanities teacher, curriculum researcher and senior administrator in the state Department of Education, Victoria, in the 1970s and 1980s.

Zipin is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of South Australia and an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Stellenbosch University. Lew’s research focuses on developing a curriculum that ‘does justice’ by engaging the knowledge, intelligence, and future-oriented aspirations of students from power-marginalised families and communities.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.