I'm teaching on Warwick University's new degree Global Sustainable Development. In September I'm going to be leading a new second year module on Local Sustainable Development and taking Coventry as our case study.
Students will be undertaking learning through research and the creation of a historically grounded account of contemporary sustainable development situation. They will be free to define the themes as they have reason to justify, working at the scale of a whole city, for example concerning the broad economic history of the city its social and cultural implications. However, I would also like them to have the opportunity to interpret 'local' at a small scale, such as particular areas of the city, communities and their unique development histories and contemporayr issues. I feel the City's parishes could be a very relevant unit of investigation.
In order to support research based learning, I want to connect with as many academic and non-university experts, who might be able to support student work, either with min-talks, interviews or perhaps suggested themes and associated reading materials and sources. We will sadly not have time to do much primary historical research (artifacts, archives etc), but would like to draw on tertiary sources and expertise.
Therefore, I'd love to hear from anyone who has knowledge of parish history that they feel in some way might connect to helping to explain the contemporary state of Coventry, ideally as related to the spheres of sustainable development: the economic, the social and the environmental - but also the cultural and religious.
Many thanks and all the best,
Senior Teaching Fellow
Global Sustainable Developement
School of Cross-faculty Studies
University of Warwick