21 to 23 November 2007, Marriott Hotel Cardiff
Forming critical citizens: community-based learning at Leeds Metropolitan University
Max Farrar, Leeds Metropolitan University
Theme: PUBLIC TEACHING
Time: Wednesday 21, 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Room: RICHARD DE CLARE
This paper will explain the rationale for the community engagement strategy at Leeds Metropolitan University, arising from the university’s vision and character statement. It will set this value statement in the context of current governmental discourse on social responsibility, citizenship and social cohesion, offering a critical, sociological commentary on the latter by applying Bourdieu’s concepts of social, cultural and economic capital. Taking up some of the ideas set out in Burawoy’s ‘public sociology’ article, the paper will concentrate on the efforts at Leeds Met to embed socially progressive values and civic-minded practices in the curricula offered across the whole university, in the city of Leeds, its region and abroad.
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