Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Critical Theory and Education: A Participatory Student-Led Conference

23 March 2010 | 9:00am - 5.00pm | Conference

University of Leeds

Roundhouse: A Journal of Critical Theory and Practice

Plenary Speaker: Monica McLean, Associate Professor and Reader in Higher Education, University of Nottingham

Seminar led by Peter Dews, Professor of Philosophy, University of Essex

Covering themes such as:

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Policy and Education – funding issues and restrictions on academic freedom
  • The Purpose of Research;
  • The Democratisation of Higher Education
  • The Future of Higher Education
  • An Apathetic Student Body?
  • Culture and Education
  • Colonisation and Commercialisation
  • Student-led Research, the Critical Significance of Deliberation.

Considering questions such as:

  • Has higher education forsaken its critical and cultural function at the expense of an increasingly technical and professional approach?
  • What is the Relevance/Purpose of Higher Education in late Capitalism?
  • Do Universities have a social responsibility? Should they challenge inequalities? Or do they play a central part in reproducing them?
  • Is there a process of atomisation within higher education through the encouragement of individual performance, competition and differentiation?
  • Have constraints of economic gain and efficiency resulted in the student being considered a ‘passive consumer’ rather than an autonomous thinker?
  • Can we still defend a ‘liberal education’ without direct vocational application? 

Attendance is free but email registration is required.

Location Details

Conference to be held at the University of Leeds.

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