Book Launch: Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education

Dec 01, 2020

Join co-editors André Elias Mazawi and Michelle Stack (2020 Wall Scholar) for a virtual launch of their new book: Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education: Bodies of Knowledge and Their Discontents, International and Comparative Perspectives.

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem), former associate dean for Indigenous Education and director of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), and professor of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia will deliver a short reading from her chapter, “Embodying Raven’s Knowledge in Indigenous Teacher Education”.

Other contributors to the book will also be on-line to participate in a Q&A and discussion.

About the book:

Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education problematizes one of the least researched phenomena in teacher education, the design of course syllabi, using critical and decolonial approaches. This book looks at the struggles that scholars, policy makers, and educators from a diverse range of countries including Australia, Canada, India, Iran, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the USA, and Zambia face as they design course syllabi in higher education settings. 

The chapter authors argue that course syllabi are political constructions, representing intense sites of struggles over visions of teacher education and visions of society. As such, they are deeply immersed in what Walter Mignolo calls the “geopolitics of knowledge”. 

Authors also show how syllabi have become akin to contractual documents that define relations between instructors and students Based on a set of empirically grounded studies that are compared and contrasted, the chapters offer a clearer picture of how course syllabi function within distinct socio-political, economic, and historical contexts of practice and teacher education.

This event is sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for Culture, Identity & Education at UBC.

Free and open to all. Please click here to register via Zoom