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Work in a wicked world

Published: 7 April 2021 at 10:30

Anglia Learning and Teaching’s Elaine Brown and Beatriz Acevedo will be presenting at this month’s Advance HE Employability event.

Their paper Interdisciplinary Design for Ambiguity: work in a wicked world will be part of the Employability Symposium 2021: 3Es for Wicked Problems, taking place on 22 April. 

Anglia Ruskin University’s Education Strategy articulates the strategic importance of an active curriculum and employability. Through this lens the design and implementation of Ruskin modules was approved.  

From September 2021, these compulsory, interdisciplinary modules bring together students from different disciplines around wicked problems or societal challenges. To make explicit the exploration of ‘what is not known’, each Ruskin module is titled with a question. Designed to provoke curiosity, the nature of a question invites students to express their opinion, recognise their existing knowledge, and approach the module as a partner. 

Elaine says: “The skills from a single discipline may not be enough to deal with the complexity of the “wicked” problems of our contemporary world. Students need opportunities to experience the discomfort of change and uncertainty to develop and rehearse a mindset that might then also be applied elsewhere. This is what we will be exploring at the Employability Symposium, and beyond, with Ruskin modules.” 

Find out more about Ruskin modules: www.aru.ac.uk/ruskinmodules