About this day
For A-level students
This autumn sees the return of our fascinating and challenging Sociology in Action enrichment programme to London. The event will also be live streamed, allowing access for all. Through a thought-provoking, inspirational series of talks, leading experts will tackle a range of challenging questions pertaining to how society functions and the factors that experience life in today’s world. Offering students a unique chance to hear inspirational speakers grapple with today’s major sociological questions, this programme is guaranteed to leave them brimming with new ideas and perspectives.
Programme & speakers
Re-thinking poverty as an explanation for women’s offending Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Poverty is often taken for granted as a common-sense explanation for women’s offending. Yet, there are some major problems with this theory. This talk outlines the importance of understanding women’s criminalisation. Further, it argues for the value of hearing women for understanding their involvement in crime of all sorts.
About Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Dr Jennifer Fleetwood is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her book Drug mules: Women in the international cocaine trade, won the British Society of Criminology book prize in 2015. More recently she co-edited the Emerald Handbook of Narrative Criminology (2019).
BME experiences in higher education: policy making, social justice and white privilege Professor Kalwant Bhopal
This lecture will explore the experiences of BME staff and students in higher education. It will focus on how racism and exclusion work to perpetuate white privilege.
About Professor Kalwant Bhopal
Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation in white spaces. Her recent book, White Privilege: the myth of a post-racial society was published by Policy Press.
Identity and socialisation - who we are and who we can be Dexter Dias QC, Human rights barrister
Using cutting-edge human rights, neuroscientific and psychological research, Dexter Dias QC will introduce you to ten types of human that inhabit your mind and in doing so, explore the links between socialisation and identity.
About Dexter Dias QC
Dexter Dias QC is a human rights barrister and Deputy High Court Judge who has been instructed in some of the biggest cases of recent years involving human rights, murder, crimes against humanity, terrorism and war crimes.
Shameless, oversexed and fake: working-class lives in British media Professor Helen Wood
This talk will look across the ways in which the working class have been represented in recent British media – from the tabloid language of ‘scroungers’, to television’s ‘poverty porn’ and to ordinary celebrity ‘trainwrecks’.
About Professor Helen Wood
Helen Wood is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the department of Sociology at the University of Lancaster. She is author of numerous books and articles on television, class and gender including Talking With Television (University of Illinois Press) and with Beverley Skeggs Reacting to Reality Television (Routledge) and Reality Television and Class (BFI). She was also parliamentary adviser to select committee inquiry into reality television (2019) and is editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies.
Examination session Ian Luckhurst
This interactive, engaging 20-minute session will outline a number of tried and tested exam tips for the A-level Sociology student.
About Ian Luckhurst
Ian Luckhurst is the Course Leader for A Level Sociology at Bridgwater and Taunton College in Somerset. He has been teaching since 1995 and has published several articles relating to the subject. This includes his research into the Police, Glastonbury Festival and male victims of domestic abuse.