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SR in the Curriculum

(16 March 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. 

This week, we introduce you to a project by Professor Alice Bloch, School of Social Sciences, who has developed a walking tour of Manchester so her Global Migration students can trace different migratory movements to the city. 

Throughout the tour, which was led by a dynamic and experienced guide, the students identified key signifiers of past and recent migratory movements and considered their economic, cultural and social significance in contemporary society. 

As well as understanding migration and its impact, the tour raised the students’ awareness of human rights struggles in Manchester including the suffragettes, gay rights and religious freedoms and the fight against slavery. It also linked with wider teaching on critical inequalities in relation to race and ethnicity and forced migration. 

Alice said: “The walking tour was an excellent way for my Global Migration students to see how migration has shaped the economic, political, cultural and social life of the city. Led by local historian, Steve Roman, it traced different migratory movements to the city and significant places in Manchester’s migration history. 

“The tour began under the tiled map at Victoria Station, which offers a visual representation of late 19th century migration, and also visited the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre at the Central Library.”