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Social Responsibility in the Curriculum

(2 February 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, we introduce you to a project by Dr Dean Pierides, Lecturer in Organisations and Society at Alliance Manchester Business School, who is developing social responsibility course materials for a new compulsory undergraduate course for all first-year Management students. 

Students will begin the course, Introduction to Management and Organisation Studies, by working through a series of exemplary cases based on research already happening at AMBS, connected directly to the University’s social responsibility agenda. Current students from all years of study will be consulted on a range of potential cases and the most interesting will be developed into full course materials. With their distinct and identifiable Manchester perspective, these resources will provide a vastly different experience for the students from a generic set of case studies supplied by a private provider. 

By designing the cases in an aesthetically appealing form and making them publicly available on the University website, it is expected the course materials will help raise the University’s profile on social responsibility, and stimulate recruitment to current and future specialisms offered by the Organisations and Society subject area group.