Dilemmas of difference: Teaching the 'non-west' critically

Mary Curran, Susan M. Roberts

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In this paper we reflect upon our experiences teaching a required undergraduate course on the so-called 'non-western world' at the University of Kentucky, USA. We describe the course and summarise the development of the rationale for a 'cross-cultural' component as a requirement for all students. In particular, we discuss the challenges entailed in teaching about difference in a way that engenders a critical approach to global inequalities and relations. We raise the question of how to assess our effectiveness as critical geographers in the classroom, and conclude by suggesting the need for a more open and serious debate over teaching critically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Education
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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