Curriculum · Bachelor of PedagogyDescription of academic subjects
Big Issues of Our Time
[BIG] Hours: 325 ECTS: 13 Exam: in 2nd Yr
Study modules in the 1st year (100 hours) and 2nd year (225 hours)
In the modules, students will:
- conduct field investigations into: poverty, water scarcity, Climate Change
- learn about armed conflicts, terrorism, and Human and Civil Rights
- identify and analyse these and many more of the biggest issues that the world is facing today
- participate in and organise conferences about Climate Justice and Peace Justice
- investigate and propose some sustainable solutions to these issues
More about the subject
This subject is one of the core subjects, or anchor themes. The teachers have provided a list, to get started. Students are welcome to add to that list of Big Issues of Our Time:
- We need a future that is bright, green and free
- We need a new model of sustainable prosperity
- We need an answer to our ecological crisis
- We need greater security for all
- We must insist on the spreading of open business practices
- We must redesign the whole material basis of human civilisation
- We must aim for a one-planet practice with three common conditions
- We must stop destroying the natural system of our planet
- We must produce food locally, organically and more than enough
- We must support efforts to adapt to Climate Change
- We must ally with The Poor to fight their fate
- We must decide which type of capitalism or no capitalism
- We must defy and defeat capitalist globalisation
- We must clear the globe of chaotic, destructive megacities
- We must doubt superpower politics and its constant wars
- We need women’s self-help groups
- We must support the green urban environment of a future China
- We must go Danish by building many more Tvindkraft inspired wind turbines
- We must design hope for humanity, creating forceful future bodies
- Lousy dictators must be substituted with non-violent revolution
The above list tends to highlight issues of a similar kind. It lacks issues such as “Local Performance of Global Music” or “Access for all to modern technology” or “Making other people’s children part of your life” or “Learn from the old revolutionaries” or “Support hydrogen-driven electricity production”.
The students take action
The list lacks all the ideas and input of the current student population. The idea of this core subject (or anchor theme) is to have the students engage in multiple methods while they vest time in this anchor theme. One such method should of course be addressing people in the public arena.
The sheer immensity
The magnitude of these issues is so big, and the almost infinite, overwhelmingly immense quantity of them so countless, making them impersonate the vastness of 7 billion people, adding a kind of immeasurableness to any big issue.
The big issues have never in the history of mankind been bigger, never more in number, and never so global in character. These are important reasons and sufficient reasons for including the Big Issues of Our Time as an anchor theme in this training.
Integration is an important aspect, or rather one of the goals, of the “Tvind Pedagogy”. In Tvind, deliberate effort is regularly put into reflecting about how to make it better, into adjusting our knowledge of it to each student and into constantly finding out new ways to make them feel like they belong. These concepts and reflections later materialise in the many ways in which we actually exercise integration.
DNS 2017, the senior team, is now finalising one of the last periods of DNS programme: Teaching Practice. Teaching Practice lets us experiment in the reality of the classroom, apply teaching methodologies and most importantly, make mistakes and learn from them. However, teaching practice doesn’t end after the lessons. We also contribute to the teaching practice place by being in charge of the programme in the school and initiating a chosen project, our “Footprint”.
is blended with hands-on experiences.
We emphasise a learning by doing approach
and practice community living.
Our aim is to train progressive teachers who can respond to the challenges of our time.
- The Teacher and the School of the 21st Century
- The Pedagogy of OWU and DNS
- The Science of the Doctrine of the Modern Method
- Open Future
- Teaching Practice
- The African Continent
- Contemporary Europe
- Big issues of Our Time
- The Future of Europe
- Fighting With the Poor
- The World of Politics
Nature & Technique
- Mastering the Material World
- Horticulture · Good cooking
- Lifestyle Sustainability
- The History of the World
- The World of Arts
- Mastering Languages
Media & Communication
- Bringing it to the Public
- Bachelor Monograph