We want to equip our graduates to address some of the profound ethical challenges of the 21stCentury.
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The Ethical Grand Challenges Programme gives you, as an undergraduate student at the UoM, the opportunity to explore three of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st Century - sustainability, social justice and workplace ethics.
You'll get a chance to look at the world around you in new ways and take part in lots of different activities with students from different degree disciplines.
This year the Sustainability Challenge will be offered for the first time to all 8,000 first-year undergraduates starting in September 2016. Working in interdisciplinary groups, students will consider the challenges arising from a new major construction project – a new campus site for the hypothetical ‘University of Millchester’. They’ll tackle the complex mix of environmental, social and economic dilemmas in a realistic scenario.
JustFest, the University of Manchester’s Social Justice Festival, will run for the third time in October 2016. The event is aimed to challenge injustice, support human rights and promote a fairer society. Students will explore the concept of social justice through interactive workshops, exhibitions, performances and online experiences. Local third-sector and social enterprises and external speakers will be taking part, with the aim to engage students in practical action on social justice.
The third stage of the programme, which focuses on Workplace Ethics, is intended for final-year students and is due to be implemented after 2017. It will involve a range of interactive workshops and training scenarios that encourage students to consider ethical dilemmas in real-life work situations.