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Session 2.7. Paper presentation
‘Room for Imagination’: Audio-visual assessments and active learning in critical security studies
Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik and Sarah Hayes, Aston University
We discuss the adoption of audio-visual assessments as an innovative alternative to essays, fostering active learning. We explore how this ties in to the aesthetic turn in international relations and contrast this with forms of representation that have dominated this scholarship. To provide students with the opportunity to explore their own insights through aesthetic ad non-written formats, we describe how student groups were asked to record short audio or video projects. We explain how these projects are understood to be deeply embedded in social science methodologies, citing inspiration from The Sociological Imagination (C Wright Mills, 1959) as a way to counterbalance the marketisation of HE, in a global economy where students are often encouraged to consume, rather than produce knowledge. Finally we draw conclusions in terms of deeper forms of student engagement leading to new ways of thinking and presenting new skills and new connections between theory and practice.
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