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Public Engagement

"Engagement is all about those of us working and studying at universities, going outside of academia to share all that we do here, collaborate on new ideas, and make knowledge more accessible to more people. What that does is include more perspectives into the dialogues and discussions we’re having as a university. In the long run we believe that will make the world a better and fairer place for more people."

Description

This module will give you a theoretical and practical introduction to engagement. You’ll come away with a strong knowledge of complex challenges involved, and the rewards it can bring to you, universities and society.

Through the design, planning and delivery of your own public engagement activity you’ll build your communication, team working and project management skills. You’ll explore subjects like evaluation, digital engagement, effective story-telling and place making and come away with the confidence and skills to apply this learning to future research, and careers outside academia.

This interdisciplinary module offered by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) is available at 12 and 15 CATS to undergraduates from across the University of Warwick who are in their 2nd or 3rd years of study.

The course is convened by Professor Katherine Astbury, Dr Rachel Edwards, and Naomi Kay. It also features guest lecturers from across Warwick including Professor Michael Scott and external experts.

Structure

Please note that whilst this is a term 1 module, the final assessment will take place early in term 2.

Each week will consist of some online pre work (such as watching a video or reading some materials) and 2 hour seminar where we focus on a different aspect relating to public engagement. Many sessions will see guest contributors from different departments, as well as experts from outside academia. In some cases where we have guest speakers we will run the seminar online.

Part of the unit will involve working in teams to put together a virtual public engagement activity that you will be assessed on.

Over the course we aim to provide you with a good understanding of what engagement is and what it looks like in different disciplines. For example the type of activity an engineer might undertake vs the type of activity an art historian might. This interdisciplinary examination of engagement helps you understand how you can apply engagement practice from different disciplines to your own subject area. We also explore how different mediums can be used - for example how you can engage people digitally, via museums and galleries, and via events and festivals.

We spend time supporting you to develop skills to complete the assessed activities, including how to write blogs for public audience, how to produce videos, and how to use storytelling techniques to grab an audiences attention. We also teach you the skills needed to live stream your event.

Towards the end of the course we spend time examining the role of engagement in civic and community engagement; exploring how universities can use their resources to support communities and society. We'll explore areas like engaged research and working with underserved communities. We'll also be teaming up with the City of Culture module for a shared week examining the future of engagement.

Weekly breakdown:

Week 1 – Introducing Public Engagement

Week 2 – Examining what public engagement means in different contexts

Week 3 – Digital engagement

Week 4 – Audiences

Week 5 – Presentation and Storytelling Skills

Week 6 – Producing videos/ online events

Week 7 – Evaluating Engagement

Week 8 – Engaging with museums and galleries

Week 9 – Engages Research

Week 10 – Shared week between Public Engagement and Coventry City of Culture modules - Students will take part in a panel discussion considering Public Engagement and Placemaking

Term 2 – Final assessed event and reflective blog. Date TBC.

Module Convenors

Professor Katherine Astbury

Katherine.Astbury@warwick.ac.uk

Dr Rachel Edwards

r dot s dot edwards at warwick dot ac dot uk

Naomi Kay

N.Kay@warwick.ac.uk

Proposed Class Time

Term 1 (Autumn) 2021-22
Wednesday 10.00-12.00 TBC

Where

R0.12 International Portal (Ramphal) TBC

Assessment

For 15 CATS

1) Blogs (500+) – 1 formative, 3 summative (50%)

To be submitted at the end of the course (however targets for when the blogs should be submitted will be spaced regularly throughout the course).

2) Assessed video presentation (25%)

3) Deliver a virtual public engagement activity ( 25%)

For 12 CATS

1) Blogs (500+) – 1 formative, 3 summative (50%)

To be submitted at the end of the course (however targets for when the blogs should be submitted will be spaced regularly throughout the course).

2) Assessed video presentation (25%)

3) Deliver a virtual public engagement activity( 25%)

Watch back to last year's events on YouTube