Creating a culture of thinking? Reflections on teaching an undergraduate Critical Social Psychology course

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English: This article is a retrospective reflection on the experience of teaching a newly introduced third-year Critical Social Psychology course at the University of the Witwatersrand. Student evaluations and course presentation are discussed in order to critically reflect on the implications, if any, for nurturing critical thought and practice in students’ work. While considering the content, structure, assessments and presentation of the course, this article examines the teachers’ own learning and development of professional identity as teaching practitioners. Using Freire and Foucault’s approaches to a critical pedagogy, the article highlights the importance of interrogation of student-teacher relations, as well as knowledge production in general.