Option - Second and Final Years
10 x 2 hour workshops
Not available to students outside GSD
This information relates to the 2021-22 academic year
This module is based on interlinked and contemporary crises that human societies face, with a focus on their contextual history. It considers past responses and initiatives in the light of apocalypse(s), looks to those living in the margins, and aims to understand and respond to root causes of crises.
The module aims to facilitate a co-produced approach to social, economic, and political disorder, and to explore their links to eco-systemic breakdown. Students are not taught by a subject 'expert', but rather invited to forward independent ideas on contemporary crises by exploring the possibilities and limitations of different responses. The module aims to facilitate a collaborative, student-centred learning environment, requiring a self-directed and curious approach to encountering the world's development challenges through the deliberate provocation of 'apocalypse'.
The rationale behind the course is a postulation that human societies are unable to respond to crises faced because of methods of thinking that dominate - including in university contexts. The module thus also aims to collaboratively explore and leverage 'university education' in developing interventions that can respond to, or 'intervene in', crises.
Principal Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students should:
- be able to critically reflect on understandings of the crises faced by human societies;
- be able to design an intervention into processes which are precipitating, or emerging from, contemporary crises;
- be able to reflect critically on potential successes and failures of past interventions, including 'Development' itself.
Weeks 1 - 3: Conceptual and contextual framings
- Introduction: Crises and survivals
- Crises of understanding and response
- Frameworks for understanding
Weeks 4 - 5: Responses to future(s)
- Individualised and elite responses
- Grassroots and collective responses
Weeks 6 - 8: Project ideas and development
- Project dialogue
- Creative and case study responses to 'apocalyptic' times
- Proposing interventions
Weeks 9 - 10: Outcomes
- Creativity in interventions
- Revision and reflections: 'success', 'failure' and 'survival'
1 x 15-20 minute proposal presentation (30%)
1 x 2,500 word (or creatively 'equivalent' length) project (50%)
1 x 500-word reflection and 10 minute mini-viva with convenor (20%)