Welcome back to a new semester of the MSc Social Justice and Community Action! If you haven’t done so already, please nip over to the Community Action and Social Justice page and download the course booklet. Remember, teaching starts on Tuesday 22nd September at 19.00GMT.
There are two things we need to do this week: one is optional (but strongly encouraged), the second is mandatory.
1. In order to get us back into the swing of all things social justice related, I thought we could share the best podcasts, films and texts related to social justice that we stumbled across this summer. The best way to share these resources is through our wiki (remember that?!). So, in the next wee while, Duncan will open the wiki up for your submissions. What I would like for you to include is a) A link to the resource and b) A few lines explaining why you found this resource helpful and what it has meant to you in your thinking and practice of social justice.
To get you started, I found this article on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and participatory democracy an excellent distillation of the debates we were having last semester on the dilemmas of enacting social justice theories in grassroots practice.
2. Now, we get to the mandatory part. You guys need to elect a class representative who will convene a (virtual) meeting with you and discuss any collective issues, both positive and negative, that you might be experiencing on the programme. The class rep is your advocate and the programme team’s point of contact on any collective issues the cohort faces. Just like last year, we’ll organise a virtual meeting on the forum where the rep (and anyone else, of course) can raise issues and the programme team will respond. Note, these so called ‘Staff Student Liaison Committee’ (SSLC) meetings are different from any meetings you might have with your personal tutor about individual issues you might be experiencing.
It is up to you guys to decide the shape and scope of your student meetings, but I suggest you request Duncan set you up with a private forum that only students can access so that you can discuss issues without worrying about whether the programme team are lurking. Or, perhaps you wish to convene your meetings outside of this learning environment. Setting up a private Facebook page, for example, to discuss programme issues might also be considered.
We’ll remind you a few times about this over the next few weeks but it would be great if you could reach a decision about a class rep by early October so you guys can meet as a group and then the staff and students meet at the end of the semester. Please use the comments section here to discuss this further and ask questions. Here is the guidance about class reps and the SSLC
As a treat for reading to the end of this post, stream Petite Noir’s new album, ‘La Vie Est Belle’ here.