Communication towards Equality in the European Higher Education Area: Building Capacities for Social Change with Spanish Undergraduates

By Maria Jose Gamez Fuentes, Eloisa Nos Aldas and Alessandra Farne.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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This paper addresses the process of creation and implementation of the subject “Communication towards Equality” at the University Jaume I in Spain, within the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA) framework. The purpose of the paper is to present this experience of University teaching reform as a potential guideline for the implementation of equality in other programs. The EHEA offered challenges and possibilities for University reforms, which included the implementation of capacity-building for students. At the communication programs of our University, the curriculum included issues of gender equality, aimed at training future professionals towards citizen empowerment. The paper is organized around three sections. First, we present the legal and epistemological framework that sustains our experience. This includes an overview of legal regulations (EHEA, Spanish and international laws) and a revision of the epistemological and methodological background, mainly based on Critical Theory and Pedagogy on communication for social change. Second, we unfold the subject “Communication towards Equality” with its main contents and methodologies. Finally, we draw some reflections on its two years of implementation and the implications for training undergraduate students in communications for social change.

Keywords: Higher Education, Equality, Communication

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 18, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 782.197KB)).

Dr. Maria Jose Gamez Fuentes

Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences, Interuniversity Institute for Social Development and Peace, Institute for Feminist Research, Universitat Jaume I of Castellon, Castellon, Spain

Dr. Eloisa Nos Aldas

Tenured Associate Professor, Departmen of Communication Sciences, Interuniversity Institute for Social Development and Peace, Universitat Jaume I of Castellon, Castellon, Spain

Alessandra Farne

Institute for Social Development and Peace, Universitat Jaume I of Castellon, Castellon, Spain