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November 2015

Feature series: SR in the curriculum

(11 November 2015)

In support of the priority to encourage socially responsible graduates, Humanities provides funding to course leaders through the annual Social Responsibility in the Curriculum competition. The aim is for Humanities students to be encouraged to think how their enthusiasm for their subject can communicate, connect or be relevant beyond the immediate demands of their course. The call for 2016-17 is now open.

Each issue we will be featuring a project which has benefited from the competition. This month, we introduce you to Dr Carl Death's and Dr Daniel Fitzpatricks project to help teach students about the international politics of climate change.


Dr Carl Death and Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick, from the School of Social Sciences, are running a project to help teach students about the international politics of climate change. The project will take the form of two workshops to follow on from the 2015 negotiations of the global treaty on climate change, taking place in Paris in December.

The first workshop will involve a panel discussion with invited guests, including local MPs and members of the Green Party. In addition, the undergraduate students, from Politics of Development, will analyse the climate negotiations and discuss their implications for the United Kingdom. The second workshop will see these students, and students from the postgraduate course Critical Environmental Politics, go into a local school to run a climate negotiations simulation.

Carl said: “Climate change is an urgent issue for the global community, but it also gives rise to important political debates and clashes of different interests. This project will help school pupils understand and explain the international politics of climate change negotiations through a role-playing scenario, as well as enabling University students to develop analytical and leadership skills.”

As a result, the project will raise awareness of environmental sustainability within the University and among students at the local school. It will also help to develop links between students and local schools, as well as giving the students the chance to engage with local political representatives on environmental issues.