Last week, Wyke’s Sociology students departed for a two day visit to London as part of their course enrichment. The visit saw students partake in a variety of activities in order to enhance their learning and understanding of the social world.
Day one began with a visit to the Old Operating Theatre for a walking tour on Booth, poverty and housing reform. Students then participated in a talk on contemporary attitudes towards health, illness and the body, enabling them to go beyond the specification in exploring the Sociology of Health, by enabling synoptic links to the topic.
During a period of free time, students were given the opportunity to explore Leicester Square, taking the chance to grab a bite to eat and visit shops such as the Lego Store and M&Ms World.
In the evening, the group travelled to the West End to see the show ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’, a musical which explores themes of sexuality and gender formation within society. Students were lucky enough to meet the leading man, Noah Thomas, at the stage door and had their photographs taken with him, as well as receiving his autograph.
The second day of the visit began with the group being given some free time to explore Covent Garden, taking in the shopping experience as well as the sights and sounds of the capital. A group of students even discovered an air pollution campaign, which enabled them to draw connections to their Green Crime studies.
The visit ended with students attending the A-level Sociology Conference at the University College London Institute of Education. Speakers included Professor Louise Archer, Professor Becky Francis and the renowned professor, Paul Gilroy, all of whom are covered in the Sociology of Education module on the course.
A huge thank you to Catherine Eariss for organising such an informative and enriching visit.