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Psychology of Oppression & Emancipation

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About This Course

A critical introduction for coaches, psychological helpers, social activists and educators, offering an understanding of how society and individuals interact, how oppressive environments affect people, and the psychology of finding personal and social liberation.

In this course, you will learn how social systems may contribute to the humanisation or dehumanisation of people living inside them. You will understand the mechanisms by which people learn to accept and internalise their oppression, and how it affects their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. You will then explore the key developmental processes by which people come to reclaim their agency, find their voice, and act to liberate themselves.

The course is designed to help human development practitioners understand the social context of the people they work with, in order to become more able to help them navigate its complexities.It is equally useful for anyone interested in social psychology.

The course is designed as an interactive experience that mainly relies on learners reflecting on the presented materials, projecting it onto their own social context, and sharing discussions with other learners.

The course can be followed individually, but would also benefit from the presence of a co-learning group, where learners working in the same social context can share their experiences.


This course is part of the Coaching for Emancipation programme. It does not have any pre-requisites, but is an essential introduction into the programme. All needed materials are provided.

Course Staff

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Dr. Hany Shoukry

Dr Hany Shoukry is a researcher/practitioner in coaching and human development, and is an honorary research associate at Oxford Brookes University. He has worked for over twenty years with individuals and groups living in socially challenging contexts. His research focuses on theories and approaches that link individual development and social change. He developed the 'Coaching for Emancipation' framework in 2011, authored “Coaching for Social Change” for the Sage Handbook of Coaching, and currently offers training to coaches on emancipatory approaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Languages does the course support?

Written course materials are currently in English. We are working on translating them to other languages. Videos will be available in English (with subtitles in different languages being developed) as well as in Arabic. Please check the specific run of the course.

What certificate will I get?

There are various ways you can engage with the course. You can just watch and read the materials with no certificate, or submit the tests and assignments and get an automatic completion certificate, or attend the course within a co-learning group and get a validated certificate co-signed by the group's facilitator. If you continue all the courses in the program you will become a certified CFE coach.

How do I join a co-learning group?

Please contact us directly at [email protected] to enquire about the presence of a local group near you. You can also decide to form your own group and become a CFE facilitator/supervisor. We will provide all possible support to help you to do that.

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