Higher education, pedagogy and social justice
Revisit the institutional documents you examined in Reflective activity 'The relationship between higher education and society'. Are concepts such as societal transformation, social justice, critical thinking, democratic process/participation, and academic freedom alluded to? In what way? Using what language?
Reflect on the everyday institutional and teaching practices and processes which you witness and in which you engage: to what extent do you feel your (or others’) actual experiences and practices of institutional life are aligned to the stated ethos/mission?
In the context of your own discipline, consider how the higher education experience, and teaching, can contribute to your students’ capacity to positively influence the ‘urgencies of our time’.