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SR in the Curriculum

(14 December 2017)

In support of the priority to encourage socially responsible graduates, the Faculty of 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 competition is currently open for applications for 2018-19 and the closing date for entries is 12 February 2018.

Dr Edward Granter, Lecturer in Organisation and Society in Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), was awarded funding to enable his second-year undergraduate Ethical Business students to hear from two external speakers who could directly link their studies to real life engagement.

Major Brian Wierman, a research student in AMBS and a US Marine, spoke about the ethical dilemmas inherent in military service and drew on his experience of leadership in conflict zones such as Iraq. Former Police Inspector Clifford Bacon's talk focused on corporate culture and control in the police service, and argued that changing management systems can lead to worrying levels of injustice.

Edward said: “The Ethical Business module positions ethics as relevant across a totality of business, organisations, working life and society and I chose speakers whose experiences could speak to that. Intensely personal, both of these presentations were highly distinctive in the context of undergraduate teaching. Most importantly, they held the students spellbound and were followed up with lively debate which linked to themes of the course, and the assignment. Student feedback on these guest speaker contributions was extremely positive.

"The social responsibility in the curriculum funding was the key to providing these additional dimensions, which greatly enriched the course for the students this year and into the future."

The speakers highlighted the need for responsible and fair processes in organisations, helping to ensure the students could understand how social responsibility is part of the public and professional sphere beyond university.

The grant also meant that Edward, along with five other colleagues, could benefit from social media training. Edward said the training provided them with “an in-depth analysis and understanding of what students expect from social media, and how we can use social media to enhance student engagement with social responsibility topics. It gave examples of how others were using social media to engage effectively with social responsibility in an academic context and also allowed space for collegial debates around social media and pedagogy in the current HE setting."

Please see the Social Responsibility pages  on HumNet for more information about the 2018 SR in the Curriculum competition, along with details of previously funded projects.