8
Nov
2007

Critical Pedagogy - Dr Stephen Cowden

Dr Stephen Cowden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University discusses the idea of critical pedagogy. He explores the relationship between critical pedagogy, emancipation and Marxian thought.

Specifically, he highlights the contributions made by the Brazilian radical educationalist, Paulo Freire and the French sociologist and public intellectual Pierre Bourdieu to his own understanding and application of critical pedagogy.

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25
Oct
2007

Socratic Dialogue and its Application to Social Work Education

Dr Annie Pullen, Course Director for the BA Social Work course at Coventry University, shares some of the ways she has sought to apply Socratic Dialogue to teaching a 1st year module on the ‘principles of social work’.

She argues that the best way to develop ethical practice is to engage students in a process of practical reasoning and building character and virtue.

18
Oct
2007

Faith and Politics in a Diverse Society - Baroness Amos

Baroness Valarie Amos’s political career began in 1981 where she worked in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services until 1989. She was a co-founder of Amos Fraser Bernard, and director (1995-1998) where she advised the South African Government on public service reform, human rights and employment equality.

She was created a life peer in 1997 by Tony Blair. From 1998-2001 she was a government whip in the House of Lords. She was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in June, 2001. Amos was the first joint black woman peer and the third woman in history to lead the upper House of Parliament. In recent months she has been awarded a number of accolades including being voted the most powerful black woman in the UK, and awarded ‘Peer of the Year’ by Dods political publishers in the same week.

In this talk, delivered in Coventry Cathedral, Baroness Amos discusses faith and politics in a multicultural society.

This talk is also available to watch on CUTV

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29
Sep
2007

Health Inequality - Dr Colin Thunhurst

Dr Colin Thunhurst, Principal Lecturer in Public Health at Coventry University and Director of the Applied Research Group in Public Health offers critique of the predominant biomedical approach to human health.

He argues for a dramatic shift in emphasis and resources towards ‘upstream’ interventions that seek to prevent illness. Such an approach, he argues, takes us away from the ‘downstream’ emphasis on ‘ill health’ to one that focuses on the social, economic and cultural determinants in health.

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25
Jun
2007

Problem-based Learning - Maggi Savin-Baden

With the advent of Web 2.0 technologies and virtual learning environments Problem-based learning (PBL) has entered a new phase. One of the leading writers on this subject, Maggi Savin-Baden, shares some of her current thoughts.

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