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28-29 January 2021 | Register now

Live online sessions to help you learn about studying a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences at university

In a globalised and fast-changing world, you have the potential to help shape the lives of the next generation – and we've got the courses to start your journey.

Understand and tackle society’s most enduring problems past and present. Explore relevant social, political and ethical questions including campaigns like Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, fake news, green politics and more. Combine perspectives and historic flashpoints. Tackle the issues that matter most to you.

That’s what a Humanities and Social Sciences degree looks like.

See what you could study at our virtual taster day on the 28-29 January 2021 and start building a solid foundation for your future studies and career.

At our online taster day, you’ll:

  • Look at all the subject areas including History, Politics and International Relations, English Literature, Sociology, and Childhood Studies
  • Find out what it’s like to study these subjects at degree level
  • Discover our links to industry and how to kick-start your career
  • Pick and choose what you’d like to get involved in, from a collection of online webinars, student chat and advice
  • Ask current students your questions and hear about their active learning experiences
  • Discover life as a student in Portsmouth and explore all our city has to offer
  • Explore different options such as studying a degree apprenticeship

Register now

We'll send you more details about the sessions and remind you when it's coming up. You'll also get access to recordings and other useful info if you can’t make it.


Humanities and Social Sciences Taster Days programme

Here's what's coming up and when. Once you sign up, we'll send you details on how to access the sessions shortly before the event starts. Some talks are on at the same time, but don't worry – you'll get access to recordings and other useful info if you miss them.

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Day 1 – Thursday 28 January 2021

Time: 9.00am to Ongoing availability

Welcome! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale has become increasingly relevant in recent years, often read alongside contemporary debates on the political control of women's bodies. This session looks at how Atwood crosses generic forms, such as science fiction and academic prose, to comment on the construction of gender roles.

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Napoleon: Genius of Megalomaniac

The wars Emperor Napoleon were involved in devastated Europe for more than a decade, while he ruled France with an iron grip. A million French troops perished at his orders. Yet, unlike most tyrants and conquerors, admiration for Napoleon is still a common and respectable viewpoint, inside France and beyond. In this session we'll reflect on how his own image-making efforts, and the wider context of conflict that began with the French Revolution, helped create this complex legacy.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Languages: Working Across Cultures

In an increasingly global environment, one of the major challenges of operating internationally is the ability to adapt to different cultures.

Using a foreign language successfully is more than just a matter of mastering grammar and vocabulary. It's an awareness of the differences in the ways people in other societies think, feel and act. Understand this contributes substantially to better communication when trading across borders.

The session focusses identifying and understanding some of these cultural differences, and explains how practical language skills and nuanced cultural awareness can lead to better international communication.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: The Importance of Enabling Children to Take Risks

What is the impact of risk-taking in education? This is an opportunity to find out more about risk management and the part that risk-taking has on children's holistic development.

This topic is now even more relevant following the various national and global crises we've faced. Let's explore how risk-taking affects a child's resilience, well-being and ability to solve problems creatively.

Time: 1.00-2.00pm

Hear from someone like you. This is your chance to ask our current students your questions, as we invite student guides from each pathway to speak to you. This could be about their lived experiences, different Humanities and Social Sciences degrees, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: The work you do, the person you are: Politics, International Relations and our place in the world

This session looks at the role of Politics and International Relations in our understanding of the world that we live in.

We'll discuss how the study of Politics and International Relations allows us to focus on certain international issues, but also silences other concerns. From this, we'll show you how studying these courses can help you question power relations and shape your place in the world. 

 

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: There are no revolutions in well-governed countries: The Russian Revolution in British Films

This session explores the ways in which a seminal event in early 20th century history was presented to audiences in British feature films. It looks at the ways in which audiences were presented with a particular viewpoint about the nature and importance of the Russian revolution, and suggests ways in which historians can approach film as a historical source.

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Language of the Workplace

What makes talk in the workplace different from social chat? Let's identify the key features of workplace discourse.

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Happiness and emotional wellbeing: are they actually achievable in today's society? 

We live in a world where we're told that happiness is something that we can all achieve, and we're surrounded by images of what 'happy' looks like, on Instagram, Facebook, on TV and in films. Many of us try to achieve this in our everyday lives – but is it something we can get, just by putting our minds to it? Or are we constrained by things out of our control, such as how much money we have, where we live, what our parents do for a living or the colour of our skin?

While this session may not make you happier (though it won't make you sad, either), it explores different ways in which we can understand happiness and emotional wellbeing more critically.

Time: 4.00-5.00pm

The floor is yours. This session is your chance to ask us your questions. This could be about different subjects, any of the talks you've watched so far, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Day 2 – Friday 29 January 2021

Time: 9.00am to Ongoing availability

Welcome! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 9.00am to ongoing availability

Catch up on any any talks and subject sessions that you missed from previous days by accessing our recordings.

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let me Go

This session will interactively deal with preconceptions of ‘realist’ versus ‘science fiction’ writing, the notions of memory and identity and how these are challenged by writing in a different and potentially unexpected genre.

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Globalisation: From the End of History to the End of the World

What is globalisation?  In this session let's consider what this term means. Let's talk about how it's connected to a range of issues, from global poverty and hunger to the crisis of climate change.

Along the way, we'll look at some experiences closer to home: the recent climate strikes by school pupils around the world, and controversies over the source of the clothes we buy from stores such as Primark. It's time to see how globalisation really connects us to the lives of others everywhere in the world.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Crowns, Cannons and Codpieces: Henry VIII and Monarchical Power

This session builds on recent research that reassess the power of Henry VIII. We'll explore the use of propaganda and personal image in the monarchy's attempt to negotiate a deeply unsettled time, from the trappings of war to the king's clothing. Considering a range of primary and secondary sources, we'll rethink how far Henry VIII was really 'in control' and the extent to which appearances mattered.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Anti-Discriminatory Practice

This session will explore anti-racism practices and approaches in Early Years.

Time: 1.00-2.00pm

This is your chance to ask us your questions. This could be about student life, different Humanities and Social Sciences degrees, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: How do Revolutions Occur? When and why they Change the World

Revolutions such as the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the more recent Arab Revolutions are often sudden unexpected explosions which have historic effects.

This session looks at why they occur. What are the social and economic causes and the role of leaders? Revolutions may start with the demand for bread but end up demanding freedom – why? Join this session to find out.

 

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Seven Types of Ambiguity

How we make sense of language in real life. This talk is an introduction to some key ideas in semantics and pragmatics.

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Everyday life in Tudor England: The people and objects of the Mary Rose

This session draws on evidence from, and research ongoing at, the Mary Rose ( a world-class museum in Portsmouth). Join us to explore how the use of 16th century objects and DNA evidence can help to rethink what we think we know about this iconic period of English History. Through objects, we'll consider how people made sense of their world, how they responded to dramatic religious and political change, and which objects they considered valuable, and discuss ethnicity in the pre-modern world.

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Talk: Chic or chav? Exploring class, taste and culture in contemporary society

Explore some of the ways in which we can think sociologically about social class and its relevance (or otherwise) in the UK today.

We'll consider the ways in which sociological thinking helps us to expand our ideas of social class beyond thinking about wealth, income and occupation. And consider the role that 'taste' and 'consumption' play in social class formation in a 'consumer society', drawing on the work of sociologist Pierre Bourdieu.

We'll draw on practical examples to think about 'high' and 'low' culture, observing how celebrities like Kate Middleton and Katie Price can help us understand class, taste and culture through a sociological lens.

 

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