Cultural Studies

Culture, Ideology and Belief

Cultural Action for Freedom

Freire's notion of cultural action forms the basis for this course on how to understand and examine the cultural environment around us, including everyday values, ideologies and beliefs.

This is a course on understanding how social movements and faith communities can act as agents of change, and the forces blocking them; the collective myths and underlying conflicts in the environment or groups with which we work; and tools for the analysis of change - how interventions can reinforce or transform the social reality.


  • Paulo Freire’s notion of cultural action
  • The concept of conscientization in Freire’s work
  • Key thinkers in culture, ideology and belief
  • Social conformity and nonconformity
  • The state and hegemony
  • Issues around class, identity, race and gender
  • Faith-based movements
  • Secularization and fundamentalism
  • The idea of a global ethic and its possibilities
  Registration Offer
This course is now open for registration. Register now and get 40% off the normal price of this course.
  Course Starts
You will be registered for 12 months from the start of the course. The minimum time necessary to complete the course is 3 months.
  Course Delivery
Course materials such as videos, readings and tasks will be released over the period of your enrollment. Live online seminars are not part of the course content but may be made available as a bonus.
  Course Certificate
You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I view the course material without taking the assignments?

You do not have to take the assignments at the end of the course, but there are tasks and exercises during the course that are essential to the learning process. You will need to complete these in order to progress.

How long does the course take?

If you go through the sessions week by week and complete everything as quickly as possible, the course will take around three months. However, we give you a year's registration in order to make sure that you have plenty of time.

What do I need to do for the course certificate?

There are two assignments at the end of the course. The first is a learning journal, which will be based on tasks and exercises that you have completed throughout the course. The second is an essay. Additionally, as a prerequisite, you must have successfully completed the accompanying social analysis mini-course.

Do I get feedback during the course?

Yes, you are able to engage with tutors and you will receive help and feedback where needed. We would also encourage you to engage with other learners on the course.
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