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Liberal Arts & Natural Sciences: What’s Your Problem?! – Interdisciplinary Problem Solving – Session 1 With Dr Ilija Rašović From University of Birmingham

June 14 @ 12:45 - 13:30

 

On 14th June at 12:45 we begin the first in a great 3 part event for KS4 and KS5 student groups which applies the style of university education practised by the prestigious Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (LANS) programme at the University at Birmingham. The 3 sessions aim to push and challenge the most driven students, and also to raise the aspirations of those students who might not have even seriously considered university before.

Talent and potential are so often hidden in plain sight and yet don’t get coaxed out—we look to empower all students in realising their academic potential and gaining the skills and confidence to positively affect their world.

The sessions, working with the same groups across the three weeks, aim to achieve this by giving students ownership of their own complex research questions, and providing the framework within which they can attack these questions with academic rigour and intellectual honesty.

What will happen during these sessions?

These sessions offer a hyper-condensed version of University of Birmingham’s first-year core courses, where students work in small groups to tackle a complex problem that is affecting them in some way. The starting point is the question: what is the most important issue affecting your community? As individuals, we all inhabit multiple and varied communities—some overlapping, others totally disparate—so the multitude of answers that fall out from here are always a fascinating starting point.

From here, we provide students with prompts and the academic foundations for exploring, analysing and perhaps even beginning to solve these complex problems.

Ultimately, students present their findings to their peers, teachers and us. Discussions are not limited to any one academic subject.

Indeed, this is the whole point of an education in the Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences: no one area of expertise is sufficient to tackle the most complex questions we face. We provide the bedrock of skills that enables the most curious thinkers and sharpest minds to cross these disciplinary boundaries, both themselves and by working with others.

By the end of these three sessions, students will be able to:

  • Analyse and break down a complex problem that affects their communities;
  • Analyse both quantitative and qualitative data, citing sources appropriately;
  • Balance insights on a problem from diverse disciplinary traditions;
  • Communicate their analyses and next steps to appropriate audiences;
  • Reflect on the role they took when working as part of a team.

 

What’s Your Problem?! – Session 1

  1. Welcome
  2. What is the problem?
  3. How do we know it’s a problem?
  4. Why is this a problem?

 

Please click below to see:

 

Speaker Profile (Please click): Dr Ilija Rašović


 

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.

 

Suitable for: Any student groups from GCSE to A-level, irrespective of subject choices. Please note this is not suitable for individual students.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Equipment requirements for each school:

  • A table for each group of 5–6
  • A screen for all students to see the presenters and their shared screen
  • Per group for the first two sessions:
    • 1 tablet/laptop
    • Paper and pens (as many different colour pens as possible)

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below: