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Preparing for social sciences

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We are delighted to welcome you to our virtual Preparing for social sciences event. The event will delivered live through Microsoft Teams and you'll be sent the link to join before the event.

In the light of COVID19 we may need to cancel sessions at short notice.

Preparing for Social Sciences

What are the social sciences? What can you study at University and how is it different from studying A levels or Access?

Preparing for Social Sciences covers topics to compliment your current learning, open your mind to new areas of study and potential careers paths as well as giving you an insight into University-level study.

This is a great opportunity for you and your students to sign up to sessions consolidating their current learning and providing a taster to university study. Open to current year 11, 12 and 13 students, each session has been chosen specifically to suit schools and colleges’ needs. Sessions will be run across the week meaning you and your students can sign up to one, or all the sessions available. You can sign up a class for a session as a teacher, or sign up individually as students. Please ensure you use a school or college email address when registering. Please make sure you have read our statement about how your details will be used at the bottom of this page. We hope you enjoy your sessions with us.

Preparing for Social Sciences at ARU Session details

Monday 2nd November

10.00 - 11:00 am - Studying social sciences at ARU 

2.00 - 3.:00 pm - Education: “You did what over the weekend?!”'  with John Parkin

In this exciting and interactive session, you’ll consider why it is important for teachers to protect their digital footprints through some simple steps. We’ll also look at situations where people have not looked after their digital footprints. Finally, we’ll explore how we can create a positive presence online.

Tuesday 3rd November

10:00 - 11:00 am -Migration studies in the 21st century with Dr Claudia Schneider

The session will give an overview of different aspects of migration before discussing in more depth forced migration and the question to what extent humanitarian aspects are uphold in national and international policy making.

2.00 - 3.:00 pm - Social work session  

Wednesday 4th November

10:00 - 11:00 am - Can we REALLY end Poverty and reduce Inequality by 2030?   with Dr Solava Ibrahim

This short session will critically examine two sustainable development goals, ending poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. It will critically present recent trends in poverty and inequality and examine the causes for these trends. It will also examine different types of poverty and inequality and critically discuss the policy responses to them.

2:00 - 3.:00 pm -"What's gender got to do with it?" : Social Inequalities during a pandemic with Dr Mirna Guha

In this session, you will be introduced to a sociological understanding of gender. This will be followed by an exploration of gender as a determinant of inequalities within the the context of the pandemic. An intersectional approach will be adopted to highlight the ways in which gender intersects with other social categories of 'race', class, religion, ability, etc to shape access, rights and opportunities within society.

Thursday 5th November

10:00 - 11.00 am - Understanding Mixedness  with Dr James Rosbrook Thompson

This session will use the findings of ethnographic research to explore how mixed identities are constructed in ‘superdiverse’ urban settings. It will begin by looking at the various ways that mixedness has been conceptualised and narrated throughout history, and proceed to examine contemporary understandings of mixed identity.

2.00 - 3.00: pm - The sociology of being funny - why do people use memes?  with Dr Rachel Ryder

The sociology of being funny - why do people use memes?

This session will explore the social theory of Bakhtin's Carnivalesque. Bakhtin was interested in how people use humour, among other things, to break with social norms. Memes are often used as parody, to laugh about difficult or boring situations in life. We will explore how social theory can help us to understand memes in a sociological way.

Friday 6th November

10:00 - 11.00 am - How Bill Clinton and Tony Blair Remade Progressive Politics in the UK and the US with Dr Richard Carr

In the last year, the British Labour Party and the US Democrats have both sought to move from opposition to power. Throughout their histories, both of these parties have often found themselves out of government. This talk takes one recent example - the New Democrats and New Labour - and shows how figures on both sides of the Atlantic figured out how to once again win political control, and what happened next.

2.00 - 3.00: pm - Student life session 

3rd year student Amy Noakes talks about her experience as an ARU student. What is a typical day as a Social Sciences student like? What does she know now that she didn’t know before.

Amy will be happy to answer your questions!


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