About this day
Enjoy a cutting-edge day of Sociology, exploring social inequality, crime, education, identity and more…
This exciting new enrichment day will appeal to all enthusiastic A-level Sociology students. 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. Five leading sociologists and expert academics will boost your students’ confidence and leave them buzzing with new ideas. Dr Marian Duggan, Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent, will chair the day.
Programme & speakers
Social inequality: the effects of growing up and living in very unequal countries Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
This lecture will focus on the effects on individuals of growing up in countries where the incomes of children’s parents varies widely, and the comparisons with more equitable affluent countries. Is there a solution or any evidence of change happening today?
About Danny Dorling
Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, he has co-authored dozens of books and journals on social inequalities. His work concerns housing, health, employment, education and poverty.
How the drive for equality destroyed quality in state schools, and how this disaster can be undone Peter Hitchens, Journalist and Author
Peter Hitchens will discuss the disastrous destruction of academically selective state schools in this country, their successful recreation in the former East Germany after 40 years of Communist comprehensives, and the urgent need to recreate them here.
About Peter Hitchens
A prolific journalist, author and recipient of the Orwell Prize for political journalism, Peter Hitchens has written for The Spectator, The American Conservative, The Guardian, New Statesman and The Mail on Sunday. He appears regularly on British television and radio and is a frequent critic of political correctness. He was at one point foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington.
Crime and deviance - trends, policies and solutions Chris Greer, City University London
Chris Greer will examine various sources of knowledge about crime (official statistics, media representations, personal experience, among others) to problematise our understanding of the nature and extent of the crime problem and the challenges facing policy makers who are 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.
The problems of racism in society, the media and the police force - questions and answers Doreen Lawrence, Campaigner, Labour Peer
Baroness Lawrence will discuss and answer questions on topics related to the issue of identity and the problems of racism in our society, in the media and in the police, including changes which have happened over the past 20 years.
About Doreen Lawrence
Baroness Lawrence OBE became a campaigner after the murder of her son Stephen in a racist attack. Following reforms of the police service, she received an OBE for services to community relations. In 2013 she was made a life peer and in 2016, Chancellor of De Montfort University.
Why do women still earn less than men? A sociological answer Pamela Cox, University of Essex
Professor Cox will discuss the changing nature of gender roles within the family and society, with a particular focus on the reasons behind the continuing pay gap between men and women in the workplace.
About Pamela Cox
Pamela Cox is Professor of Sociology and Social History at the University of Essex. Her teaching and research interest broadly cover questions of social policy, gender, family life and the life-course. She recently presented two BBC series on women’s work, Servants (2012) and Shopgirls (2014).