The core activities are set for all students, and will be run through the Colleges, Durham SU, or Experience Durham.
Sound Thinking and Agile Learning. The core activity in this area is referred to as 'The Argument Clinic'. It is a series of special sessions on everyday debates. These sessions will be delivered by leading academics and are designed to equip students with the ability to consider issues from various perspectives. Small groups of peers will take part in discussion clinics, each focusing on a specific theme and grounded in an introductory video and a set of multi-media materials. Topics include: “The Examined Life”, "Controlled Experiments", "How to Lie with Data" and "Fact or Fiction?".
Citizenship & Responsibility. Students will watch two short videos to introduce issues of both global and local citizenship. Using these videos and subsequent small group activities, students will learn to examine complex events and issues of local and global significance, developing intercultural competence and communication and an understanding of how to take constructive action in an area of community need. Session topics include: “Introduction to Global Citizenship”, “The Notion of Global Citizenship”, “Coal Mining as Citizenship”, and “What Kind of Person Are You? (Meeting Others in a New Place)”.
Personal & Professional Effectiveness. These core sessions, completed in Epiphany Term, will allow students to discover and develop their passions, preferences and abilities during university and beyond. Students will undertake guided reflection and planning sessions to explore the role of emotions, preferences, strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and values in their personal and professional development. The core is designed to maximise students' self-awareness, adaptability, and ability to plan for the future.