Pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy in media higher education.

Gabriel, D., 2017. Pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy in media higher education. Media Education Research Journal (8.1). (In Press)

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Abstract

The institutional culture within the UK higher education sector is largely Eurocentric, failing to represent the ethnically and culturally diverse student population, and contributing to disparate outcomes for students that do not fit the dominant cultural model. The NUS argue that the curriculum should tackle structural inequalities in society, as well as embedding equality and diversity. Social justice education meets this ideal, with advocates charging that education systems reproduce social inequalities in the wider society by reinforcing the status quo; although education institutions can play a key role in promoting social change. Despite the reproduction of racial stereotypes through the media, outside media literacy, the potential for implementation of social justice pedagogy in media education is yet to be realized. This article proposes pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy as an effective strategy for promoting social change in the communication industries. It draws on a final year undergraduate unit focused on race, ethnicity and culture and linked to degrees in advertising, public relations, marketing communications and politics as a case study. The findings of an end of unit survey suggest that students can develop the critical consciousness necessary to analyze and critique problematic racialized representations in the communication industries in future employment and become agents of change.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2040-4530
Uncontrolled Keywords:media education ; social justice pedagogy ; race and ethnicity ; cultural democracy ; curriculum diversity
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:29407
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 Jun 2017 15:45
Last Modified:26 Jun 2017 15:45

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