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Short Course
Xenophobia in Education
Xenophobia and the resultant human rights violations assosiated with it, is one manifestation of the exclusion, discrimination and oppression that remains prevalent in our society. The othering logic of xenophobia creates groups of ‘us’ as citizens and ‘them’ as non-citizens where ‘them’ is negatively stereotyped or stigmatised while simultaneously affording power and privilege to ‘us’. Whereas inclusivity respects the “equal difference” of each individual and affords each person equal rights, xenophobia as a form of exclusion discriminates, violates people’s dignity and robs them of human freedoms and liberties. As South Africans still face the struggle against exclusion and the quest for inclusivity on a daily basis, teachers are key role-players in this process. Teachers have the professional duty to promote a culture of human rights and inclusivity in schools as well as the broader society.

Purpose of the course:

This module was developed to enhance the knowledge of Life Orientation teachers on the social processes of xenophobia while sensitizing them to the constitutional and moral values that would work towards inclusion and social integration. The purpose is therefore twofold: first teachers will learn about human rights and the values that work towards inclusion and how to recognize their own bias and the bias of others. Second, teachers will be exposed to law and policy that influence the management of xenophobia in education spaces and be empowered to apply but also critique such legal and policy frameworks in schools. With this knowledge and specific skills, teachers should be able to engage learners in dialogue and other teaching-learning activities towards social inclusion and integration.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Full-time teacher
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Teaching qualification

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Informed knowledge and understand the concept of xenophobia and its relation to other diversity-issues
  • Informed knowledge of central values and theories that underpin inclusivity
  • The ability to identify own biases by means of reflexivity
  • The ability to critically consider the current legislative and policy framework that influences management of xenophobia in education spaces
  • The ability to apply relevant legislation and policy to manage xenophobia and other diversity issues towards inclusivity and social integration
  • demonstrate informed knowledge and understanding of the construct and social practices of xehophobia
  • demonstrate awareness of constitutional and moral values that work towards or against inclusion and social integration
  • critically evaluate policies and practices in schools from an inclusivity point of view
  • show basic knowledge of and skills related to the application of law and policy that influence the management of xenophobia in schools and educaiton institutions
  • use reflexivity and dialogue to aid recognition of biases and negotiation of values towards inclusivity and social integration in the classroom and school


Method of assessment: 
Formal formative assessment

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
In-service teachers
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