University of South Wales
University of South Wales
Our staff visit you at a time that fits in with your timetable. We'll deliver WJEC, AQA and Edexcel L3 concepts which form part of progression-focused sessions that explore L4 modules. Suitable for year 12 and year 13 assemblies, subject-specific sessions and staff training. at University of South Wales

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Sociology talks (several choices on offer)

University event offered by University of South Wales

Event Summary:

Our staff visit you at a time that fits in with your timetable. We'll deliver WJEC, AQA and Edexcel L3 concepts which form part of progression-focused sessions that explore L4 modules. Suitable for year 12 and year 13 assemblies, subject-specific sessions and staff training.

Full Event Details:

Sessions include:

The Design of Everyday Society
This workshop uses three examples of everyday life to show how we can ‘make familiar things strange’ through sociological analysis. Looking at traffic lights, self-checkouts, and shopping centre escalators, we can ask questions about the design and functions of our shared society. This allows us to examine the relations of power that led to the everyday world looking and operating the way that it does, and to consider the ways that ‘material society’ shapes and influences our lives in ways we often don’t notice. This workshop links to the content of WJEC GCE AS/A Level Sociology Unit 1 and Unit 3.

Cultural Constructions of Luck and Fortune
What do you do ‘for luck’? Maybe the answer is ‘nothing’ but there’s a chance that you might have a personal lucky charm, or you touch something wooden or salute lone magpies, either to bring some luck or to avoid misfortune. Tibetan culture has a highly sophisticated astrology system, part of which focuses on managing what might be called ‘luck’. Using this as a case study, this talk and workshop looks at how we rationalise good and bad luck, and the techniques we use to beat perceived misfortune. Themes in the Sociology syllabus include inequality, health and illness, identity, and religion.

Following 'social norms' and 'social habits' or making free choices?
The individual actions you did this morning getting to school (think about what how you got up, what you did immediately after, what you chose to wear, eat, how you got here, and why you came here in the first place etc). Then discuss the extent to which you think these actions were (a) shaped by learned ‘social norms’ and ‘social values’ (i.e. behaviour we do because most other people in our society or culture do them), or were (b) our genuine free choices that we as individuals were able to make, free from these ‘social norms’ and ‘social values’?

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)


Short Session

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We can deliver this event at our institution or your school or college. Please contact us to arrange a date.

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Institution Profile:

The University of South Wales (USW) is the largest university in Wales. With campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, students can enjoy city life, stunning beaches and breath-taking countryside.

Cardiff Campus

Our Cardiff Campus is based in the heart of the city. It is home to creative industries students and offers endless opportunities. Cardiff is a major centre for media and TV production in the UK. The campus is overflowing with specialist facilities, study spaces, a library and Students’ Union.

Newport Campus

Newport Campus is one of the university’s most iconic buildings. With Friars Walk shopping centre right opposite and Halls of Residence a few minutes’ walk away, it couldn’t be in a better location. Many of our subjects are based here, including counselling, cyber security, teaching and social work.

Pontypridd Campus

USW Pontypridd is our largest campus and made up of Treforest and Glyntaff. Surrounded by green open spaces, students love the community atmosphere. Students will find everything they need on campus, their classes, accommodation, library, sport centre, Students’ Union and cafes. The campus is home to many subjects, from business and law, to engineering, health and sport.

Student support

We offer an outstanding network of support and advice for our students. Our Advice Zones, based on all campuses, are easily accessible and a first point of contact for any issues. Students will be connected to a wealth of services, including wellbeing, disability, money advice, health clinics, chaplaincy and USW Careers.

USW Careers prepares students for success. Employability is part of our curriculum, and teaching is informed by real-world practical experience. We help with all stages of the job hunt, from CVs and interview skills to job applications. Students can even search live job vacancies, work placements, and attend career workshops and networking events.

The university works with employers across all industry sectors. We link students with opportunities and help their CV stand out. Our students take part in our Grad Edge Award, and we can even support them to develop business ideas through Student Enterprise.

Our courses ensure students get the practical experience to prepare them for the workplace. Students gain essential skills by using industry-standard equipment, from our Moot Courtroom and Clinical Simulation Centre, to Film & TV School Wales, Crime Scene Facilities and our Sport Park.

The recent extension to USW Cardiff includes dance and drama spaces, design and photographic studios, fashion facilities and creative spaces on all floors for collaborative working.

With a library on each campus, students can access a range of services and resources. There are different types of study spaces, from social to silent, as well as access to books, journals, PCs and Wi-Fi.

For sport enthusiasts, there are over 65 teams that compete in the BUCS league, ranging from tennis and mountain biking, to golf, surfing and rugby. USW Sport has some of the most impressive facilities in the UK. USW Sport Park is one of the best university sport coaching and training venues in the country.

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