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 addresses the manifold crises human societies face, and have faced. It contends that we must pay attention to past experiences, and the experiences of those already on the margins, in order to try and properly understand and respond to the root causes of crises.
The aims of the module are to facilitate a co-produced approach to exploring the challenges of contemporary social, economic, political disorder, and ecosystems breakdown. Students will not be taught by a subject specialist, but rather invited to think through contemporary crises in terms of the possibilities and limitations of different collective responses. The module aims to facilitate a collaborative, student-centred learning environment, in which students contribute substantively to the module’s focus. As such, the module is very self-directed on the part of the student.
The rationale behind the course is that part of the reason human societies are unable to respond to the crises they face, is due to the methods of thinking that dominate, including in university contexts. The module also aims, as part of a process-orientated approach, to collaboratively explore the role of university education in developing interventions in response to 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 the processes which are precipitating, or emerging from, contemporary crises;
- be able to critically reflect on the potential obstacles to the success of different interventions.
Weeks 1 - 3: Context
- On the natures of crisis and the crises of nature
- A crisis of understanding
- Frameworks for understanding
Weeks 4 - 5: Form
- Designing a response
- Learning together: collective responses
Weeks 6 - 8: Content
- Project design - the possible and its obstacles
- Project development and development of Independent Learning Contract
- Project implementation
Weeks 9 - 10: Outcomes
- Assessment: Reflecting on 'success', 'failure' and 'survival'
1 x project proposal (30%)
1 x project (50%)
1 x 500-word reflection and 10 minute viva (20%)