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Critical Development & Diversity Explorations (CDDE)

CDDE is an experimental and innovative co-created course designed and implemented with students of International Development Studies. Adopting a social justice inspired contemplative pedagogy, CDDE focuses on developing students’ critical reflective skills to recognize and work with diversity.

CDDE focuses on developing students critical reflective skills to:

  • do diversity, and recognise and unlearn deeply rooted, embodied and societal structures of othering, discrimination and exclusion;
  • explore new, more socially just and transformative ways of relating to the world as a development-scholar/practitioner, by drawing on a range of alternative pedagogies; and
  • co-create a space for personal and professional growth.

Together we co-create a space to allow ourselves to engage in critical multicultural dialogue and to explore and exchange alternative knowledges and pedagogies. Sessions are co-created based on the collective thematic interests of the students, and each session is started and closed with a guided reflective and contemplative exercise to allow for reflection, introspection and shared understanding. We draw in the experiences and expertise of students, colleagues and invited guests from development policy, practice and academia.

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