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A Taste of Social Sciences

Our course in social sciences will give you a taste of four exciting subjects on offer at Warwick delivered across the Pre-University Summer School. Teaching includes Law, Education Studies, Philosophy and Psychology.


These subjects all look at some of the world’s biggest issues and therefore will equip you with analytical and communication skills relevant to many industries and organisations.

In Law you will learn about how Laws are made, who makes them and why they look the way they do. The Psychology taster will introduce you to the way that the study of Psychology uncovers the ‘secrets’ behind human behaviour at degree level and will explore some the techniques used by psychological scientists. Philosophy will impart important skills and abilities in critical reasoning and reflection to help students to progress in answering big questions about the conscious mind, ethical principles, free will and political justice.

In Education Studies, you will consider education as an instrument for social mobility, in addition to providing an insight of what it is like to engage in Education Studies at university level.



Having the opportunity to learn from brilliant professors I was able to put myself in the shoes of a university student and also having the chance to stay in one of the halls designed for students, I got first-hand experience of living at the University of Warwick.

Chaney Lau

Law

Reading law is an anthropological adventure. We excavate the histories, cultures, and aspirations of past and present societies, seeking to discover what role law played in shaping the way things are. But our adventure does not end there. Next we explore the role law can play in making the world as we want it to be. Some of the questions are abstract: what is right and what is wrong and who decides? While others are more concrete: do people have a right to university education and, if so, who should pay for it?

Each question will elicit a variety of answers. And that is the point. Reading law is not only about studying texts that have already been written but also about developing the skills needed to craft future laws and, perhaps more importantly, future societies.

In this taster, you will learn a little about how laws are made, who makes them, and why they look the way they do. We will also discuss how laws shape what we think is right and wrong and how these categories change over time and space. Finally, we will examine the role modern developments are reshaping Britain's legal regime.

Psychology

Have you ever wondered why people around you act the way they do? Or why you respond in a particular way to events in your life? These are some of the questions that typically arise when we think about psychology in everyday terms- but in reality, psychologists look at behaviour in a far richer and deeper scientific way. From the action of chemicals in our neurons, and the function of specific brain structures, to perception, emotion and complex behaviours like falling in love or making friends; all of this is included in what psychology explores as a discipline. Whether you have studied psychology before or not, this taster will introduce you to the way that we uncover the ‘secrets’ behind human behaviour at degree level, the techniques we use as psychological scientists, and the brain and body structures that make us act the way we do.


Philosophy

What is the nature of reality? How does the mind relate to the world? What moral principles should guide our behaviour towards others? What political principles should guide how our society is organised? Philosophy is a discipline that uses rational arguments and critical discourse to conduct rigorous investigations into these questions and many others. By studying Philosophy, you will learn and implement the skills in analysis, reasoning and reflection that are essential to examining life's big ideas.


Education

Education is life's great equaliser. As a vehicle education provides us with an opportunity to understand how learning transpires through varying constructs. Understanding how knowledge is produced and how it encompasses pedagogical learning are integral as we traverse through our lifelong learning journey. Through instruments such as inclusion, diversity, intersectionality, social justice and education policy the BA Education Studies programme aims to provide ideas associated with the conception that education is for everyone.

Importantly, we want to encourage learners to think about their learning experiences and be able to conceptualise them in attempting to make sense of why education is so important to a global society. This taster session will encourage participants to challenge 'taken for granted assumptions' about education and consider values and belief systems and why this is particularly important for educators and learners. The course will give participants an opportunity to consider education as an instrument for social mobility, in addition to providing an insight of what it is like to engage in Education Studies at university level.