About this day
For A-level students
This outstanding enrichment day for enthusiastic A-level Sociology students is back in London this autumn. In a cutting-edge and inspiring programme, leading sociologists, academics and media personalities will address a range of challenging and powerful questions on how society functions and the factors which influence our choices and how we experience life. Presenting a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in today’s big sociological issues, this day will take students beyond their classroom experience, and leave them buzzing with new ideas and fresh perspectives. One more exciting speaker to announce!
Programme & speakers
Crime and deviance - trends, policies and solutions Chris Greer, City University London
Chris Greer will examine various sources of knowledge about crime, including official statistics, media representations, personal experience, to problematize our understanding of the nature and extent of the crime problem and the challenges facing policy makers required to provide solutions.
About Chris Greer
Chris Greer is Professor of Criminology and Head of the Sociology department at City University. His research and teaching interests are in the broad areas of crime, justice, media, communication and social control. He is co-director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism.
Identity and socialisation - who we are and who we can be Dexter Dias QC, Human rights barrister
Dexter Dias QC, human rights barrister, judge and researcher at Cambridge and Harvard, will introduce you to ten types of human that inhabit your mind and in doing so, will explore not just who we are but who we can be. Using the latest cutting-edge human rights, neuroscientific and psychological research, he will unveil the forces that shape our thoughts and actions and look at the links between socialisation, deep-rooted evolutionary drivers and the creation of our shared and yet unique identities.
About Dexter Dias QC
Dexter Dias QC is a barrister (Queen’s Counsel) who has been instructed in some of the biggest cases of recent years involving human rights, murder, crimes against humanity, terrorism, war crimes and genocide. His recent book, The Ten Types of Human, drills down into deeply fascinating issues surrounding what it is to be human and uncovers the complex relationship between human cruelty and goodness.
Globalisation - how Britain fits in Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
How important is Britain in the world today, digitally, socially and financially? Danny Dorling will look at globalisation in the context of the digital social world and consider key trends in development and global inequality. He will end the session by pondering RH Tawney’s idea of the Tadpole Philosophy.
About Danny Dorling
Danny Dorling is a social geographer and Professor at Oxford University who has co-authored dozens of books and journals on social inequalities in Britain. His work concerns housing, health, employment, education and poverty. He is a visiting Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
What is education for? Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey
This talk will engage with questions that are fundamental to the study of education: what is it for, and what purposes does it serve? It will consider the role of education in transmitting knowledge, promoting social integration, preparing students for the labour market, facilitating democratic engagement and emancipation and promoting ‘global citizens’. It will also consider the role of education in achieving social control.
About Rachel Brooks
Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean at the University of Surrey. She is also the Executive Editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education.