Notes from SSC meeting, 1st of October, 12 Mint Lane, Lincoln
Present; Andrew, Laura, Ana, Magda, Callum, Bradley, Sarah, Mike
As there were people present who had not attended SSC meetings before, the meeting began with a discussion about the nature and purpose of the SSC. An important part of SSC’s current activity is to attract new members so it was encouraging to see new people at this meeting.
There was a discussion about how to take the work of the SSC forward this term. It was agreed that we should run the Sociological Imagination course, but that is should be publicised with specific reference to topics that are of real interest and concern to people’s everyday lives. This would include Brexit, unemployment, the concerns of rural communities and the government’s campaign against radical extremism.
The point was made that in order to achieve the aims of the SSC we need to find ways of gaining the trust of local groups in the community.
It was suggested that the SSC has more of a social media profile, particularly on Facebook. Mike will contact Joss to fix up a meeting with those at the meeting who are interested in working on this.
Mike and Laura are to arrange to contact and visit a local secondary school to talk to Six Form pupils and their teachers about higher education and what is offered by the SSC.
Magda said she would invite members of the local migrant communities to our next event.
It was agreed that we all meet up again on the 5th of November at Mint Lane, hopefully with some new members present from the publicity and new contacts made. One purpose of that meeting would be to agree how to take the SSI course forward this term. An important principle of the SSC is that courses are designed with the participants, teachers and students, in the tradition of popular education.