Sociologists go Scandinavian

Over the recent occasional day weekend, 48 students and 5 staff of the Sociology Department embarked on our second overseas fieldtrip to Denmark and Sweden.

Students need to develop their ‘sociological imagination,’ think outside of the classroom and begin to see the ‘familiar as strange and the strange as familiar’. We were based in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, benefitting from its easy links to the Swedish city of Malmo.

The itinerary was built around the A Level topics of Sociology of Education; Culture & Identity; Globalisation; Political Sociology; Criminology.

Friday 24th Swedish Education: The day was spent in our ‘link’ school, Fria Laroverken, in Malmo. The first part of the morning was spent with students observing a wide range of lessons, including Swedish, Economics, English, ICT. After a short break, the highlight of the day was ‘Swededating,’ whereby our students engaged with their Swedish peers in speed dating format. The students were tasked with finding about differences in culture, family life, education and politics.

Saturday 25th Alternative Danish Culture: We spent the morning as guests of the ‘freetown’ of Christiania.

Sunday 26th Danish Politics: Our final morning was spent on a special behind the scenes tour of the Danish parliament.

Mr S Base

Head of Social Science

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