Co-operative universities mailing list

If you are interested in discussing, researching, keeping up-to-date and even creating a co-operative university, there is a mailing list you can join.

The list was first set up by a group of people who attended the Co-operative Education Against the Crises conference earlier in the year. More recently, Dan Cook published a report and the Institute of Education hosted a seminar on ‘co-operative universities’.

Please join the mailing list and introduce yourself. A number of SSC scholars are involved.

The mailing list is hosted by Mayfirst/People Link, a politically progressive member-run collective of technologists.

Social Science Imagination: Winter/Spring 2014

The Social Science Imagination (SSI) course will start again for 10 weeks in 2014, beginning on Thursday 16th January and running through to Thursday 20th March. It will be held at The Pathways Centre, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1UH. Classes run from 7-9pm.

This term, we intend to look at co-operatives and co-operative education through the Social Science Imagination (SSI).

This free course is for anyone who wants to learn more about how the social world works and how we can change it, with the help of social science. Today, the economy is in crisis; people are struggling to find work and homes, pay debts and make ends meet; prejudice and discrimination are rife; social policies are changing fast; and new social movements and experiments are springing up everywhere to respond to this situation.

We think that the course will be of interest to anyone who is involved in or interested in co-operative organisations, as well as people who are looking for an opportunity to learn about broad themes in the social sciences, such as work, democracy, education, power and gender. Previous attendance on the SSI course is not required and we very much welcome new scholars. Feel free to come along and see if it’s for you!

The format of next term will be slightly different to previous classes. We will continue with semi-structured seminars but give our thematic reading and discussion a practical focus that examines and questions the running of the Social Science Centre. We want to try to apply our learning on the SSI course to the Social Science Centre itself with the aim of revisiting, discussing, and ‘refreshing’ our co-operative for higher education. Following this course, we expect to have new ideas and proposals to take to our AGM in May for members’ consideration.

As with last term, we’ll spend the first week or two getting to know each other, setting out the course, and negotiating the themes we want to focus on. To begin with, please try to read the ICA Co-operative Identity, Values and Principles and the SSC ‘FAQ‘ page, before coming along to the first class.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Joss who’ll be happy to talk about the SSC and meet with you beforehand.

We look forward to seeing you.