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SR in the Curriculum

(6 April 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 Dr Rose Broad, from the School of Law, which has ensured third-year undergraduate students on the ‘From imprisonment to rehabilitation’ course unit have had the opportunity to benefit from expert speakers and develop their understanding of managing vulnerable groups in the criminal justice system. 

Building on a pilot project undertaken last year, experts from the criminal justice system and non-government organisations worked with the students to give them an understanding of the management of ‘risky’ populations throughout the criminal justice system. Students were introduced to some of the theory relating to effective practice with these groups during workshops led by staff from a youth offending team, a non-statutory domestic violence organisation, staff supporting female offenders, and staff working in probation, community services and the police. 

The visiting speakers enhanced students’ understanding of the impact of equality and diversity issues in the management of vulnerable groups of offenders, and helped ensure  that students have a greater awareness of the ethical and social responsibilities of working with them.  

Students from the course shared their thoughts on the impact the guest speakers had on their studies. 

Chelsey Gorrill said: “Really interesting speakers. Nice to hear the perspective of those directly involved in the relevant fields. They showed us more about the individual challenges and benefits that rehabilitation options hold for the future.” 

Annie Andrews said: “Really engaging and genuinely passionate about their job!” 

Mirjana Gavrilovicnilsson said: “The guest speakers were very eye-opening to the real-life situation outside the classroom and it was interesting to hear about each of their thoughts and perspectives about the lecture topic of the week.”