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Seeking student facilitators for Decolonizing Political Economy project

The Decolonizing Political Economy (Decol) Working Group at King’s College London seeks to recruit a group of student facilitators for a programme of curriculum development across departments in the Faculties of Social Science & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities.

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Decol has seen a variety of academics and students across KCL collaborate around the wider issue of how we can prevent the university replicating structural inequalities and how we can contribute to an emancipatory education that challenges the legacies of colonialism. We are grateful for the support of the Faculty’s Education Funds (SSPP and A&H), the School of Politics and Economics, the Department of Geography, War Studies D&I, and LISS DTP. 

We are seeking enthusiastic and committed students who will work with academics on the Decol project, leading a series of activities of curriculum development in the respective departments of European & International Studies, Geography, History, Political Economy, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and War Studies. 

Groups of 3 students per department (1UG, 1PG, and 1 PhD) will be involved in the project from mid-January to end of May 2020. Their tasks will consist of:

  • Taking part in an introductory training meeting presenting aims and objectives of the Decol project and in bi-weekly meetings with Decol members;
  • Taking part in Decol workshops and helping draft programme;
  • Examining curriculum/modules, approaching module and programme conveners and making recommendations for possible changes; 
  • Report on changes agreed with module conveners;
  • Contributing to our international conference in May;
  • Writing a final report and participating in meetings to assess achievements.

Although we welcome the participation of a large number of students in our activities, we are able to fund only a limited number who will lead on these activities. The pay will be £10,55 per hour and the project will take 10 hours per month, a total of 50 hours.

To apply, candidates must send an up-to-date CV and cover-letter to decolonizingpolecon@gmail.com by Monday, 13 January 2020, 3pm. They should demonstrate how they meet the selection criteria below:

  •       Be an active UGT/PGT student in the department of European & International Studies, Political Economy, War Studies, Geography,  Spanish and Portuguese Studies or History; or
  •         PhD student in History, SPLAS or LISS DTP funded PhD student;
  •         Knowledge and interest in debates about decolonizing the curriculum;
  •         Interest with issues surrounding the BAME attainment gap;
  •         Experience of working in team setting;
  •        Ability to bring critical thinking to educational and policy areas.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications! Hope you had a nice winter break.

 Please contact majed.akhter@kcl.ac.uk if you have any questions.