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Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy

Education for Social Change

Paulo Freire’s philosophy of education has had a profound impact on people throughout the world working for social change. His work has been applied not only to formal educational settings but to many diverse social movements. This is an introductory course looking at key themes in Paulo Freire's work, some of the thinkers relevant to the development of critical pedagogy, and applications of Freire's work in different fields.

What You Learn

  • An introduction to the course and your part in it. Do you see yourself as a change agent? Do you have an involvement in social change as an activist or organizer?
  • What do you think Paulo Freire's message is in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and is it relevant to your experience?
  • Paulo Freire as thinker, teacher and activist.
  • The key concepts in Freire's work and how they might be understood.
  • Related thinkers in critical pedagogy and beyond.
  • Applying Freirean principles and methodologies in a concrete way.
  • The idea of social analysis - its importance, its application and the basic techniques.
  • Freire's approach in the classroom and the dangers of treating Freire's approach as simply a set of teaching methods.
  • How Freire's pedagogy has influenced a variety of approaches, using contemporary examples.
  • ... and more!


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Freire Institute
Freire Institute

The Freire Institute is an organization for transformative community-based learning. In our programmes your own knowledge and life experience becomes the raw material for education. We develop tools and approaches based on the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, whose work has inspired many social movements and educational programmes around the world.


Class Curriculum


  Course Introduction
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  Session 1
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  Session 3
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
There are no fixed dates and the course starts when you sign up. It is a self-paced online course with one session opening up each week. You could finish in as little as three months or take up to a year. In addition to the core content, you also have the opportunity to attend occasional live webinars.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for at least 12 months - across any and all devices you own. We may extend this period on request, subject to our discretion.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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