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International Frontiers in Education and Research IV


Numbering Code
  • G-EDU13 56125 SE47
Term 2020/Second semester
Course Type topics seminar
Target Year Master's students
Target Student Graduate
Language English
Day/Period Tue.4
  • Graduate School of Education, Professor TAKAYAMA KEITA
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course focuses on some of the key contemporary thinkers in the so called decolonial theories and explores their implications for educational research. Explored in the first half of the course are the writings of Raewyn Connell, Kuan-Hsing Chen, Minoru Hokari, Syed Farid Alatas, Walter Mignolo and Linda Tuhiwai Smith among others. The course introduces various decolonial knowledge projects emerging from different parts of the world and shows how to situate the Japanese research/intelletual work within this broader transnational movement. The course should encourage the students to question the current order of knowledges and structure of knowledge production on a global scale and begin to (re)position their own research projects in a way that challenges the uneven global structure of knowledge production.
Course Goals Unpon completion of this course, the students will be able to develop:

1. Comprehensive understanding of the decolonial challenges to humanities and social sciences;

2. Appreciation of how the decolonial thoeries and insights can inform educational research, including their own;

3. Collaborative and refletive attitude towards learning.
Schedule and Contents Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Decolonial theories / Raewyn Connell

Week 3: Decolonial theories / Syed Farid Alatas

Week 4: Decolonial theories / Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Week 5: Decolonial theories / Kuan-Hsing Chen

Week 6: Decolonial theories / Hokari Minoru & Dipesh Chakrabarty

Week 7: Decolonial theories / Walter Mignolo

Week 8: Decolonial theories / TBA

Week 9: Decolonial Projects in Education

Week 10: Decolonial Projects in Education

Week 11: Decolonial Projects in Education

Week 12: Decolonial Projects in Education

Week 13: Decolonial Projects in Education

Week 14: Feedback Session
Grading Policy 10 Weekly Response Papers (250 words): 5 points each

Group Presentation (25-30 minutes): 20 points

Final Paper (2000 words): 30 points
Prerequisites None
Preparation and Review My style of teaching is dialogic, and student participation in the class discussion is absolutely central to the success of the course. Hence, the students are expected to be fully prepared to deliberate upon the assigned texts.It is expected that the students complete the assigned weekly readings and the response paper before coming to the class. Japanese language might be used from time to time, depending on the linguistic needs of the students.