Welcome to unit 2 – Social solidarity – learn ~ apply ~ develop! In this unit you will gain insight into …
- social solidarity as a precondition of participation.
- social solidarity as an outcome of participation.
- opportunities to get involved at the social level.
- You know why social solidarity plays an important role in students’ lives.
- You can integrate the aspect of social solidarity into your participation formats.
- You can introduce the idea and purpose of social solidarity to others.
Learn about social solidarity
Is social solidarity a precondition or an outcome of participation, or even both?
We would like to introduce you to the concept of solidarity so that you can develop your perspective and find an answer for yourself. When we speak of solidarity, we must remember that it is based on two main aspects, namely the concept of recognition and the concept of justice.
Application of social solidarity at Higher Education Institutions
As a student, one does not act completely detached from university frameworks and rules, but one hast to consider different levels in the context of studies and university. In a top-down view, one moves in a continuum between society and the individual.
Ultimately, social solidarity is linked to the individual but becomes visible in communities. How social solidarity can be practised at universities can be described using the same hierarchy. In this context, a bottom-up view is useful.
Lived solidarity is ultimately a cycle that assumes a fair interaction between the individual and society.
Recognition and solidarity @ MORE
To learn more about solidarity in the context of universities, let’s take a closer look at the MORE project. MORE is an initiative of UNIKO (Austrian University Conference). MORE gives people with a refugee background the opportunity to study at public universities. All 22 Austrian universities participate in this initiative, which started in 2015/16. Since then, more than 3500 people have taken advantage of this offer.
“What kind of bonds do the refugees who participate at MORE see between themselves, the universities and the (political) goal to become part of a new (host) society?”
D. Prandner, R. Moosbrugger
Dimitri Prandner and Robert Moosbrugger analysed this question within a case study, to learn more about solidarity and its constraints.
Develop social solidarity in Higher Education Institutions
After learning more about the different aspects of solidarity, we ask you to think about your degree of solidarity.
Please use the following protected link to answer some questions.
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Additional material and literature
- Juul, Søren (2010): Solidarity and Social Cohesion in Late Modernity: A Question of Recognition, Justice and Judgement in Situation. In: European Journal of Social Theory 13 (2), S. 253–269.
- Prandner, Dimitri; Moosbrugger, Robert (2020): Higher Education and Solidarity? The Integration of Refugee Students at Austrian Universities. In: 6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’20). Valencia: Universitat Politècnica de València, S. 617–624.
- Manja Klemencic (2021): The Theory and Practice of Student Participation in Higher Education Governance; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcsxRHWGfw; 6.10.2021