In this section, we have highlighted useful projects and general resources relating to decolonising and diversifying the curriculum initiatives, including diversifying reading lists.
Definitions and approaches to such initiatives vary, and we realise there is much more to diversifying the curriculum than simply updating your reading list. However, we hope the resources in this section will help colleagues adopt a wide-ranging and holistic approach to such projects, and ensure that challenging and revising your reading list forms part of your project.
Students are increasingly calling for change in this area, and diversifying your readings may lead greater student engagement.
If you are interested in diversifying your curriculum, we would be happy to discuss how we can help: just get in touch with your Library liaison team. You will also be playing a part in helping us to diversify the Library's collections.
Ferguson, R., et al (2019) Innovating Pedagogy 2019, Open University Innovation Report 7, Milton Keynes: Open University, p3.
A good starting point is to critically evaluate your existing reading list against a range of criteria.
We have highlighted some useful tools below to help you get started.
If you are interested in analysing your reading list in depth, you can export it in various formats, including Excel. Just click on the three dots in the top right hand corner when you are viewing it within Canvas. You can export the entire list, or certain sections.
To broaden your search for materials, try using advanced search functionality on databases like Web of Science and Scopus to focus your search results: for example, by country or region of origin. You may also find it helpful to broaden your search to include material beyond 'traditional' scholarly publications, such as audiovisual resources, or grey (unpublished) literature. We've picked out some other useful finding tools below.
Academic publishing has long been dominated by publishers based within the USA, UK and Europe. The links below should help you to identify other publishers beyond the 'big players'.
If you are looking to add new items to your reading list, but not sure where to start, we've highlighted our own themed lists created for our EDI guide, and always welcome further suggestions.
Many universities are developing and making their own reading lists publicly available. We've highlighted some subject-themed lists below to provide ideas.