Lifelong Learning Centre

Revolution in the air?

Posted on Thursday, 06 November 2014 at 9am
by Lynne Cade. See more of my posts here.
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Our Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) students, who are studying on the foundation year of our BA Interdisciplinary Studies degree, recently visited the Vue Cinema to watch a televised ‘live’ interview with Russell Brand. The interviewer was Owen Jones and the focus was on Brand’s new book; Revolution.

For many of the students this was the first time they had interacted with politics on this level, and their usual visits to the cinema were to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

The students came prepared; some with popcorn and sweets! They had investigated the content of Brand’s book and had also revisited Jones’s ideas on ‘the Establishment’.

In preparation for starting on PHE, students are required to read several texts including; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Owen Jones’s Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class. This not only prepares them for the reading requirements of the course but also supports the development of critical thinking skills and an engagement with current political discourse. The cinema visit offered learners a chance to explore this further and their enthusiasm and engagement on the night was testimony to how far they have travelled in a relatively short time in becoming critical thinkers.

Categories: Interdisciplinary Studies