Date & time

Wed, 8 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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£23 + VAT* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

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 last year, we will be running another outstanding enrichment day for enthusiastic A-level Sociology students 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, health, disability, education and the media. We are delighted to announce that political writer and columnist Matthew Parris will be speaking.

Programme & speakers

Bias in the media: new and old Matthew Parris, Journalist, columnist and writer

We’re well aware of the bias of the national newspapers, and even in broadcasting. However, when it comes to the digital world, do we have less of an instinctive sense or feel for bias? Matthew Parris will explore this fascinating and topical issue.

Matthew Parris

About Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is a political journalist, radio and television broadcaster and regular columnist for The Times and The Spectator. He is also a prolific writer, having authored a large number of books, mainly related to politics. He was previously a Member of Parliament and his columns are considered essential reading for many in Westminster. In 2015 he won the British Press Award for Columnist of the Year. He once jumped into the Thames to rescue a dog, for which he received a RSPCA medal.

Why educate?: a sociological perspective on the role of school in the UK Cath Lambert, University of Warwick

This session takes a lively and sociological look at the development of schooling in the UK, asking how and why we have the structure, policies, curriculum and types of schools that we currently do. 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?

Cath Lambert

About Cath Lambert

Dr Cath Lambert is Associate Professor of Sociology at Warwick University and leads the department’s Culture, Media and Representation Research cluster. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of education, gender and social and political change. In 2010 she was awarded a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.

Crime and the criminal justice system: risk factors and rehabilitation Marian Fitzgerald, University of Kent

This session will describe the characteristics of the sorts of individuals who are most likely to become involved in criminal activity AND to be brought into the criminal justice system as a result. It looks critically at the dangers of treating individuals who share these characteristics as if all of them were equally ‘at risk’ of offending; and, in questioning political expectations that the criminal justice system itself will reduce re-offending, it will leave students to consider a number of wider questions about the politics of law and order.


Marian Fitzgerald

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 Research and Statistics Directorate at the Home Office.  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 delivered, at New York University, a speech, in which she argued that ‘The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House’. Drawing upon recent undergraduate teaching, Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman will seek to grasp what Professor Lorde meant.  In doing so, this session will explore how and why issues of race and ethnicity inform such a wide range of sociological areas.

Nathaniel Adam Tobias <s>Coleman</s> PhD

About Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman PhD

Educated in Oxford, Paris, and Michigan, Dr Coleman taught social philosophy at University College London and Wadham College, Oxford, where he participated in decolonial social movements.  Dr Coleman is currently co-producing, from a Black Brummie perspective, answers to the question ‘Why is “slavery” wrong?’ 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.

Health and disability: a sociological issue? Tom Shakespeare, UEA

Talk details to follow.

Tom Shakespeare

About Tom Shakespeare

Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability Research at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. His primary research interests are in disability studies, medical sociology, and in social and ethical aspects of genetics. He has focused on qualitative research about the lives of disabled people and the barriers that they face and led projects about disability and sexuality. He teaches topics related to health and illness in sociology.