Social Science Imagination
Seeing the world differently with social science
Mondays, 6-8pm, from 5th September to 31st October 2016

This free course is based on a close reading of C. Wright Mills’ The Sociological Imagination. This book provides a framework for thinking about our own life experiences and understanding the world around us in a way that gives us confidence rather than feelings of frustration, fear, anxiety and indifference. For Mills, it was important to understand how our personal lives are affected by power in the wider society and how, by making this connection, we can start to overcome the difficulties we face individually and collectively. This will involve turning ‘private troubles’ into ‘public issues’.

During the course, we will explore various ways of doing this by examining our questions through many different ideas that have been developed within Mills’ text and the social sciences more widely.

The course is taught in an informal environment that is inclusive, and that encourages and supports participants to share and think about their experiences. Both teachers and students are considered scholars who can learn a lot from each other. Everyone doing the course will be encouraged and supported to read authors who have written about their concerns, and to write short essays setting out their own ideas.

At the end of the course, everyone will be encouraged to write a longer essay that can be reviewed by scholars who are not directly involved in the course, but who are knowledgeable in these areas of social science.

We hope you can join us.

Making Sense of Brexit 
Wednesdays, 6-8pm, from 13th July to 10th August, 2016

This free short course will discuss Brexit in an open and accessible way. Dr James Duggan, Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University and SSC Manchester member, commented:

‘After the vote Leave to exit from the European Union, we face tumultuous times and great uncertainty. The public debate surrounding Brexit involved calls for facts but also the rubbishing of experts and expertise. Voters were urged to “take back control” but the post-Referendum promises have already been taken back. Brexit stands to change the United Kingdom’s relationship with Europe and the world, and indeed with itself with rising tensions between classes, generations and nationalities.’

How can we make sense of what has happened and what will happen in the coming months? Our aim is to make sense of the different debates, to learn from one another and to find new ways of thinking about Brexit and its implications.