Education and Equity

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSES2022134

Semester and Year Offered: Semester III/IV

Course Coordinator and Team: Dr. Rajshree Chanchal

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Pre-requisites: - none

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide an understanding of the theoretical perspectives and debates on issues of education and equity
  2. To provide a socio-historical perspective on the issues of marginalisation and quest for equity
  3. It aims to expose students to the contemporary debates on affirmative action policies in a comparative perspective

Course Outcomes:

  1. The students would be able to critically examine the theoretical perspectives and debates on the issues of equity and education in the contemporary society
  2. Students would be able to analyses the socio-historical trajectory of diverse social groups in the Indian to access the education system
  3. Students would learn to discuss and debate the contemporary affirmative action policies implemented in India, US and Malaysia

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The course attempts to locate the question of education and equity in the socio-political context. Under the neoliberal pressure equity and social justice appear to have formed a cliché which is obligatory to discuss in all kind of policy discourse. The course is to familiarize students with the fundamental ideas of social justice and equity and associated debates in the field of education. The course provides a critical perspective on inequitable structures of the society and social stigma attached with certain marginalised communities and barriers to education. The course will help students to engage with the issues of affirmative action policies and contemporary debates.

  • Unit 1 - Education and Equity
  • Unit2 - Education and Equal Opportunity
  • Unit 3 – Affirmative Action Polices: Contemporary Issues

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Attendance and Class Participation 10%
  • Review of Articles 30%
  • Class Test 20%
  • End term submission and Presentation 40%

Reading List:

  • Ambedkar, B.R. (1987c) Untouchable or the Children of India’s Ghetto, in Dr. Babsaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches Vol.5 edited by V. Moon, Bombay: Education Department, Government of Maharashtra
  • Bandyopadhyay, M. and Subrahmanian (2008) Gender Equity in Education: A Review of Trends and Factors, CREATE PATHWAYS TO ACCESS, Research Monograph No.18
  • Bandyopadhyay, M. (2006) Education of Marginalised Groups in India: From the Perspective of Social Justice, Social Change Vol. 36 (2), 98-113
  • Béteille, A. (1998) Equality and Universality: Essays in Social and Political Theory, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, Chapter 4, 6
  • Bull, B. (2008) Social Justice in Education An Introduction, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 1, 2, 6
  • Chanana, K. (1993) Accessing Higher Education: The Dilemma of Schooling women, minorities, schedule castes and scheduled tribes in Contemporary India. Higher Education 26 (1), 69-92
  • Nambissan, G.B (2020) Caste and the Politics of Early ‘Public’ in Schooling: Dalit Struggle for an Equitable Education, Contemporary Education Dialogue, 17 (2), 126-154
  • NECRT (2005) National Focus Group on Problems of Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribe Children, Position Paper
  • Gewirtz, S. (1998) Conceptualising Social Justice in Education Mapping the Territory, Journal of Education Policy, 13(4): 469-484
  • GoI (2010) Right to Education Act
  • Jeffery, C., Jeffery, R., & Jeffery, P. (2004). Degrees Without Freedom: The Impact of Formal Education on Dalit Young Men in North India. Development and Change, Vol 35,(5),963-986
  • Jenkins, R and Barr, E. (2006) Social Exclusion of Schedule Caste Children from Primary education in India, New Delhi: UNICEF
  • Naik, J.P (1975) Equality, Quality and Quantity: The Elusive Triangle in Indian Education, New Delhi: Allied Publishers