Countering racism

Racism Assessment

Assessment objectives

  1. Based on your readings, discuss the ways in which social justice, anti-racism and multicultural education have been conceptualised.
  2. Compose an essay of approximately 1500–2000 words.

In your essay, choose one topic (social justice, anti-racism or multiculturalism), outline your position and examine a rationale for reconciliation to be embedded in educational settings.


Essay focus A: Educational practices

Questions to consider:

  1. AssessmentHow are your educational processes/practices linked to structural power relations along axes of socioeconomic, gender, racial and ethnic differences?
  2. How are your educational processes/practices influenced in regard to social, cultural, political and historical factors?
  3. How do the concepts of oppression and privilege assist in our understanding of diverse student experiences?
  4. What are negotiated curriculum and anti-racism pedagogies that embrace students’ funds of knowledge and cultural background they bring to school?
  5. How do such pedagogies attempt to traverse the gap between pedagogical discourse and practice by challenging the notions of power, capital, and the relevance of the lifeworld knowledge that students bring with them to the classroom?

Essay focus B: Reflecting on personal experiences

Questions to consider:

  1. Look around and be aware of possible situations or instances of racism in any field familiar to you (for example, school, community, group, organisation, etc.).
  2. Provide reasons (theoretical concepts to account for what is happening and outline the principles stating why such situations are possibly racist (for example, belief in intellectual or physical superiority/inferiority and the principle of exclusion /inclusion).
  3. In providing reasons consider the guiding questions provided in the assessment. In this manner construct in your own words and based on your own experiences, a critical understanding of concepts and action oriented principles framed in terms of social justice, equity, role of education in countering racism, etc.
  4. Propose multiple, do-able, and specific action plans to counter racism in your respective school, family or community.