About this day
For A-level students
Enjoy a cutting-edge day of Sociology, exploring social inequality, crime, education, identity and more…
After an exciting and successful programme in London last year, we will be bringing this fantastic enrichment day for enthusiastic A-level Sociology students to the University of Warwick Arts Centre this autumn. The programme will address a range of increasingly challenging and powerful questions on how society is organised and the factors which influence our choices and how we experience life. Fascinating and relevant topics will include crime and deviance, race and identity, education, politics and the media. We are delighted that Dr Craig Webber from the University of Southampton will introduce and chair the day. There will also be a handy lunchtime examination session to enable students to achieve maximum exam success.
Programme & speakers
The effects of growing up and living in very unequal countries Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
Professor Dorling will focus on the effects of growing up in countries where the incomes of children’s parents varies widely, and the comparisons with more equitable and affluent counties. Is there a solution or any evidence of change happening today?
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.
Why educate?: a sociological perspective on the role of school in the UK Cath Lambert, University of Warwick
Cath takes a lively look at the development of schooling, asking how and why we have the structure, policies, curriculum and types of schools that we do have. What has the role of politics and economics been in shaping our educational system? What might different theories tell us about the role of education? And could (or should) it be done differently?
About Cath Lambert
Dr Cath Lambert, Associate Professor of Sociology at Warwick University, leads the department’s Culture, Media and Representation Research cluster. In 2010 she was awarded a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of education, gender and social and political change.
Crime and the criminal justice system: risk factors and rehabilitation Marian Fitzgerald, University of Kent
Marian describes the characteristics of individuals likely to be involved in criminal activity AND brought into the criminal justice system as a result. She looks at the dangers of treating them as if they were equally ‘at risk’ of offending. She will question political expectations that the criminal justice system itself will reduce re-offending. The session will leave students to consider a number of wider questions about the politics of law and order.
About Marian Fitzgerald
Marian Fitzgerald is Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent Crime and Justice Centre. She was formerly a Principal Researcher in the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate. She is a renowned expert and regular commentator in the media on the causes and reporting of crime.
'Dismantling the Master's House': an issue of race Nathaniel Adam Tobias
Coleman PhD, Black Studies Research Cluster, Birmingham City University
In 1979, Professor Audre Lorde gave a speech in New York, in which she argued that ‘The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House’. Drawing on undergraduate teaching, Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman seeks to grasp what she meant. In doing so, this session will explore how and why issues of race and ethnicity inform such a wide range of sociological areas.
About Nathaniel Adam Tobias
Dr Coleman taught social philosophy at UCL and Wadham College, Oxford. He participated in decolonial social movements. He was appointed Britain’s first Research Associate in the philosophy of race at UCL and in 2015 was named UCL Online Communicator of the Year. Dr Coleman is currently co-producing, from a Black Brummie perspective, answers to the question ‘Why is “slavery” wrong?’
Politics, identity and the media Douglas Murray, Author and journalist
Douglas Murray will explore a range of Functionalist and New Right policies affecting notions of British identity and law and order, while also touching on related debates surrounding immigration, terrorism and imperialism. He will address the role of news media and the press, including the impact of new media technologies, censorship and social media.
About Douglas Murray
Douglas Murray is an author, journalist and political commentator. He is Associate Editor of The Spectator, Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society and founder of the Centre for Social Cohesion. He appears regularly in the media, commentating on issues including neoconservatism, Europe, identity and Islam.