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SR in the Curriculum

(19 January 2017)

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.                

Over the coming months we will be featuring a project which has benefited from the competition. This week’s feature highlights a project by Drs Sasha Handley and John Morgan from SALC, which will introduce a dedicated week of social responsibility activities within the module ‘History of Europe in 100 Objects: Material Culture and Daily Life, 1450-1800’. 

In March 2017 guest speaker, Professor Beat Kümin from the University of Warwick, will share his professional expertise on the socio-economic impact of drink in both the past and the present with second-year undergraduate students by discussing ‘the world of the tavern in early modern Europe’. 

Professor Kümin is a world expert on drinking cultures and has used his expertise to intervene in contemporary debates about responses to alcoholism. The aim of including these speaker sessions in the course is to inspire our students to think seriously about how a degree in History can enhance their awareness of key ethical issues and equip them to address difficult social challenges. 

Beat’s work has established an important voice for historians within public policy debates relating to healthcare, addiction and state regulation of alcohol within the British Isles and Europe. Students will be encouraged to think ‘historically’ about the changing socio-economic role that alcohol, and its sites of consumption, has played in particular communities: binding them together as well as dividing them. Students will thereby be supported to link their historical knowledge to pressing social and ethical challenges within the modern world, and to think about potential career opportunities relating to public policy, health and social care, journalism, as well as the museum and heritage sector. The sessions will be supported by Louise Sethi from the University’s Careers Service, who will provide practical advice about how to enter these employment sectors.