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1 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Entering the Court: Choices Join a group with one of the five themes: Religion, Gender & Sexuality Religion, Gender & Reproduction Religion, Gender & Popular Culture Religion, Gender & Everyday Life Religious Institutions & Gender My interest – your interest?

2 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' The more there is to offend, the less there is to say? Richard Benda Anna Snape Katja Stuerzenhofecker

3 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Workshop Overview Entering the Court: Choices Entering the Court: Task Courting: Process Controversy: Content Courting Controversy: Preparations Courting Controversy: Event In Court: Reflection In Court: Verdict

4 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Workshop Rationale To enact key stages of Phase One: Small Groups in our practice of Student-Led Discussions: – Forming: Coming together & establishing terms of engagement – Storming: Confronting each other level 2 module Religion, Culture & Gender [cf. Bruce Tuckman's model of group development]

5 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Entering the Court: Task In the real life of our module, each small group has to: Phase One: In Small Groups – Find and select two case studies related to their theme – Develop questions which help to explore the case studies Phase Two: With Whole Class – Introduce the case studies – Facilitate the discussion of their questions – Capture the discussion outcomes What's to do?

6 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Courting: Process Create the profile for your chosen character: How does your character approach discussion with peers? How does your character interact with peers? What do I bring?

7 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Courting: Process

8 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Controversy: Content Examine the diversities in your group Identify topics linked to your group's theme that are likely to cause controversy (You will perform the discussion later) What becomes the beast?

9 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Controversy: Content ReligionGenderSexuality Post-ProtestantFemale with strong 'masculine' side heterosexual Critical of church & hierarchy esp. Roman Catholic feminist Liberal - inclusive Liberal Protestant Sunday School Female-dominated family Fighting sexual abuse

10 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Courting Controversy: Preparations What is your character's spoken or internal response to the ground rules and the ground rule setting? Rules of the game?

11 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Courting Controversy: Event Let your character participate in the discussion of one of the potentially controversial topics your group identified earlier: What does your character think about this topic? Battle or Exchange?

12 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' In Court: Reflection Assess your character's learning journey What have I learnt?

13 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' In Court: Verdict What is the relationship: Controversy – Learning? The more there is to offend, the less there is to say? Does ground rule setting open up or close down discussion? Disclosure or Foreclosure ?

14 PRS conference 2010 'Courting Controversy' Acknowledgement All images from The Shahnama of Ferdowsi, John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester The Shahnama can be accessed electronically at http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk:8180/luna/servlet http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk:8180/luna/servlet Bruce Tuckman (1965) 'Developmental Sequence in Small Groups', Psychological Bulletin, vol. 63, no.6, p. 384-399.


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