Educational Philosophy and Theory (forthcoming)
|Abstract||Student engagement and making community happen is a policy manoeuvre that shapes the political subjectivity of the undergraduate student. In Australia, making community happen as a practice of student engagement is described as one of the major challenges for policy and practice in research-led universities (Krause, 2005). Current efforts to meet this challenge, however, merely recode ethical citizenship to a different but nonetheless prescriptive code of conduct, which closes down thoughts of making community happen to a single unified mode of being by appealing to a normalising practice authorised by expert knowledge. In contrast to this position, we use data gathered from undergraduate students' observations of their university experience, which appeals to an ethico-politics that opens up the question of making community happen to non-normalising practices. Rather than a will to govern that shuts down debate, student discourse opens up thoughts of making community happen to new contestations and diversity over self-government in relation to others concerning questions of lifestyle choices and friendships. In this way, we argue that making community happen as a practice of student engagement is never fully actualised. While this challenge to the limits of student engagement and making community happen may be seen as a threat to our political existence, it is, nevertheless, a risk worth taking in the interest of student learning|
|Keywords||friendship student engagement lifestyle community higher education ethico‐politics choice discourse Foucault|
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