Student Workshops

Student workshops are available to intermediate and secondary schools across the country. Workshop themes include:

Building community in Aotearoa -reorient, reconcile, respect: What is the relationship between culture and identity? What is the significance of language in shaping a people's world? How does our interpretation of things shape our understanding and our actions? What does respectful relationship look like? Why does the imposition of one way of life on another lead to hardship and suffering for some people? How can we reconcile our understandings in order to engage with one another and work together to shape a community focused on the well-being of all?

Our relationships with other animals: What makes a creature a ‘pest’? How can we best respond to creatures who we consider to be ‘pests’? Why do we experiment on animals? Is it appropriate to experiment on animals? Is it appropriate to genetically modify other creatures for human benefit?

Beginning of human life: When does human life begin? Is pre-implantation genetic diagnosis ever acceptable? What do we do with frozen embryos that are no longer wanted?  Is it acceptable to use embryonic stem cells? What issues does surrogacy raise for individuals and communities?

End of human life: Who/what defines death? How can we best care for those who are dying? Are there situations that may be worse than death for people?

What matters to you? Explore a range of issues and work on a campaign to promote your stance on one of them.  Issues include: what is acceptable use of cosmetic surgery?; Is the genetic modification of animals an acceptable practice?; Should we grow synthetic meat?; Can we do anything to earn a living?

Surveillance and its implications: What does it mean to be ‘safe’? What are the potential impacts of surveillance technologies? Is there a ‘public’ space and a private’ space and if so, why do they matter? How much should the state intervene in the life of individuals and communities?

Human identity and personal identity: What does it mean to be human? How do we become the individual’s we are? What can genetics tell us about our identity? What can neuro-science tell us about our identity? What important aspects of being ‘me’ do they miss?

Crime and punishment: What makes something a ‘crime’? How is ‘punishment’ justified? What form should a punishment take? What role does the media play in shaping our ideas about crime? What is justice?

Ethics and Sport: Why is sport important to us? What is the nature of sport? Does science and technology change the nature of sport? How has money affected sporting activities? What is the role of sporting bodies (FIFA. Olympic Games Committee, etc.) Is match fixing ever acceptable? What is the role of sponsorship in sport?

Social media and social responsibility: What is social media? What does social responsibility look like around social media? What is privacy and why does it matter? What makes someone a friend? Why are these questions important?

Identity, sexuality and consumerism: How do we become who we are? How do we understand sexuality? What do we mean by consumerism? What are the effects of living in a consumer society? How does it shape us as human beings?

Artificial Intelligence: What do we mean by 'intelligence'? Why might we want to create machines that have 'intelligence'? Should we create machines that have 'intelligence'? Can we create machines that have 'intelligence'? How might we respond to machines that have human-like intelligence?

The Ways We Move: What does it mean for vehicles to be 'green'? Why do we transport the things we do? Can sustainable transportation extend to all forms of transport? Are there options for truly sustainable transportation? Why do we need to consider the ethical implications of emerging transportation technologies? 

Science & the criminal mind: How has our dominant scientific approached shaped and influenced our thinking about: the prediction of crime, the nature of crime, our responses to crime?