A range of new courses and initiatives are being developed across the School to create more opportunities for students to engage with our communities, put real-life research into practice and to get a taste for truly informed debate.
Each of these courses and initiatives has recently received one of our social responsibility in the curriculum grants.
Global Social Challenges
A new first year course for social science students with social responsibility at its heart
Through this course students will gain knowledge about a number of key challenges – including climate change, terrorism and global inequality – that affect everyone. They will also learn how a sociological perspective can illuminate the causes, impacts and possible solutions to these urgent issues.
By making public statements on the basis of sound sociological knowledge of global challenges I hope that students will gain a taste for informed debate that will stick with them throughout their degrees and into whatever career paths they pursue.Dr Kevin Gillan / Lecturer in Sociology
Mainstream media commentaries on such topics often lack an appreciation of social context in understanding these problems and evaluating solutions, so students will also be encouraged to use the knowledge they gain to inform public debate.
Students can be ‘public sociologists’ and, in this course, will be exposed to the idea that influencing public understanding is one of the key responsibilities of academia.
All students will write two blog posts as a part of the assignment structure and the best posts will be published online and promoted via social networks.
The Anthropology of Development and Humanitarianism
Engaging with aid practitioners
The award will support the visit of aid practitioners to the module ‘The Anthropology of Development and Humanitarianism’. In preparation, students will research the relevant organisations and issues, and produce a website where they will explain how anthropology can help us understand development and humanitarian issues better.
Anthropology students often ask how the theories that they learn can be relevant to global challenges. Thanks to the award, they will have a chance to explore this question by putting anthropological works in conversation with aid practitioners.Dr Chika Watanabe / Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Political Questioning in Manchester's Public Sphere
Research on our doorstep
My aim is for students to develop the research design, carry out the observations, analyse the data and produce a paper from their analysis. I hope they will learn practical research skills as well as develop an appreciation of the vibrant political life of Manchester.Dr Nick Turnbull / MA Director, Lecturer in Politics
This project involves students going outside the University to attend public political events in Manchester.
Students observe and record the events, evaluating how well Manchester's public sphere is able to question contemporary political issues.
Data will be collected and analysed over the three year life of the funding in a student-led research project, leading to a research output in the fourth year in the form of a research paper presented to staff members.
The politics of identity and difference
More than just language support
This project provides both students and local residents with an opportunity to interact and learn more about each other’s linguistic and cultural backgrounds.Dr Aoileann Ní Mhurchú / Lecturer in International Politics
The curriculum related activity is a weekly two-hour student-led English language conversation support session given to asylum seekers and refugees living in Moss Side at The Chrysalis Family Support Centre.
These language conversation classes are given by undergraduate student volunteers who are taking the Politics course unit ‘The Politics of Identity and Difference’ and who have signed up through Multilingual Manchester’s student volunteer programme, which is run by the School of Arts Languages and Cultures.
Though the course unit students are given the opportunity to meet people in The Chrysalis Family Support Centre and this project has come out of discussions as a result of these trips.
Understanding forced labour in relation to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants and the ways in which forced labour links to human rights and employments rights abuses are central to awareness raising about social responsibility and marginalised and potentially vulnerable migrants.Professor Alice Bloch / Professor of Sociology
A modern day issue
Students on the Forced Migration course will benefit from two external speakers and will focus on the contemporary issue of forced labour.
The speakers will be an academic expert alongside someone from Refugee Action, Manchester who will explore both the academic aspects of the topic and the ways in which a local NGO works with susceptible groups, campaigns on their behalf and offers opportunities to volunteer.
Walking tour of Manchester
Exploring the economic, cultural and social significance of migration in contemporary society
Students taking Global Migration course will participate in a walking tour of Manchester to trace different migratory movements to the city and to identify key signifiers of past and more recent migratory movements.
The walking tour will be interactive and offer students a real insight into the city of Manchester and its history. As well as understanding migration and its impact it will also raise their awareness of other rights struggles that have been central to the city’s history including: the suffragettes, gay rights, religious freedoms and the fight against slavery.Professor Alice Bloch / Professor of Sociology
- Development Economics
- Environmental Economics
- Climate Change Economics
- Natural Resource Economics
- Environmental Valuation
- Economics of Environmental Policy
- Poverty, Inequality and Government Policy in Less Developed Countries
- The Politics of Development
- Critical Environmental Politics
- Ideals of Social Justice
- Gender Sexuality and Politics
- Theories of Rights
- Unequal Societies - Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
- Modelling Social Inequality
- Anthropology of International Development
- Power and Culture: Inequalities in Everyday Life
- Engaging with Social Research: Designed around the issue of 'inequality'
- Political and Economic Anthropology
- Business Anthropology: corporate social responsibility
- Medical Anthropology
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Sociology of Consumption
- Education and Society
- Creating Multicultural Britain
- Urban Sociology
- Patterns of Social Inequalities
- Sociology of Family Life and Intimacy