Decolonising the curriculum: students' perspectives in criminology

Elhinnawy, H. ORCID: 0000-0002-3960-3138, 2022. Decolonising the curriculum: students' perspectives in criminology. Race, Ethnicity and Education. ISSN 1361-3324

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Building on the recent intensified calls to decolonise the curriculum in higher education in the UK and beyond, and on my modest initiatives amongst some colleagues, this paper explores the impact of the dominant Eurocentric curriculum on minoritised ethnic students, and their perspectives of our decolonising initiatives, with the aim of refining them. To do so, I exercise 'affective awareness', and 'decolonial reflexivity', working with my discomforts whilst engaging with 10 minoritised ethnic students in criminology purposively selected to participate in semi-structured interviews after completing self-administered questionnaires. Based on the findings of this work, I argue that for 'decolonising the curriculum' beyond the box-ticking exercise, it should involve more than broadening the canon and revising reading lists. It should engage in an uncomfortable unpacking of asymmetrical power relationships and a shift in the practices of knowledge production, in ways that include the students' perspective more closely.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Race, Ethnicity and Education
Creators: Elhinnawy, H.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 7 December 2022
ISSN: 1361-3324
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Dec 2022 16:12
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2022 16:12

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