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Discover Bath Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Management Residentials

A chance for Year 12 students to experience what it's like to study Humanities, Social Sciences and Business and Management subjects at the University of Bath

Students working together and chatting during the summer school.
Discover Bath provides an opportunity for Year 12 students to experience studying a social science degree at Bath

Overview

Our Humanities, Social Science, Business and Management residentials of Discover Bath will run from Monday 6th July to Thursday 9th July 2020 and will help you make a strong application to the University of Bath.

In the build up to the residential, we will prepare you for the undergraduate-level work that you will undertake whilst attending the Summer School at Bath.

Please check below for the details of the subjects on offer for Humanities, Social Science Business and Management.

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Criminology

Can Prisons Rehabilitate Offenders?

As a society, we obviously have an interest in stopping people who commit crimes from reoffending in the future. But, how do we balance ‘punishment’ with ‘rehabilitation’, when the two aims appear to oppose each other, at least when taken at face value? This is an age-old debate which is impacted by a range of factors – such as the political context, how prisons are designed and constructed, and the quality of staff-prisoner relationships.

You will be encouraged to think about how rehabilitation currently works in prisons in England and Wales, which other countries provide a good model for rehabilitating offenders, and what steps could be taken to improve the chances that prisoners will stop committing crimes when they leave prison and return to their communities.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Criminology strand of Discover Bath you must be studying an A level, or equivalent, in at least one Humanities or Social Science subject. You must also be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Criminology courses at Bath. To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Criminology Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Economics

Social interactions and economic outcomes

This theme considers the importance of social interaction in the determination of economic outcomes, and invites the student to explore possible solutions to social dilemmas and market failures. These aims will be achieved through class experiments and guided group work activities, where students will be invited to reflect on different case studies and to approach economics with a curious mind and critical spirit.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Economics strand of Discover Bath you must be studying A level Maths or equivalent. You must also be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Economics courses at Bath. To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Economics Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Education with Psychology

Educational Attainments and Generational Inequalities

This year during Summer School at Bath, we will critically engage in discussing various inequalities like poverty, poor health, race, and gender, and their impact on the educational attainment of an individual or a community. This study will also include the dimension of 'time', to reflect on how various inequalities over a period of time impact generations. To investigate these different inequalities, we will investigate different dimensions which may be responsible:

  • Delving into various educational policies and its outcome
  • The existing literature on inequalities and linking them to policies
  • Inequalities at Micro and Macro level of education, an overarching concept to delve in policies and literature

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Education with Psychology strand of Discover Bath you must be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Education courses at Bath. To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Education and Psychology Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Health & Sport

Media, identity and the contexts of physical culture

This theme considers the way in which the body and a person’s identity are represented across a variety of media platforms and the impact of this for health and wellbeing. Particular attention will be given to the way fitness, exercise and diet dominate the social media space and how these representations challenge and re-establish social norms related to gender, sexuality, race, religion, age, disability and social class.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Health & Sport strand of Discover Bath you must be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Health and Sport courses at Bath. To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening Participation criteria.

Date

The Health & Sport Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Languages (French, German, Spanish)

Climate Change- Inventing a climate change Hero to educate young children

This theme considers the current issues we are facing with climate change, a very current and popular topic. In their target languages students will look at facts and fake news, as well as solutions that work and do not work. Finally, working in their target language, the students will develop a mascot/ creature to bring this topic close to younger children, making them understand climate change and possible solutions.

The project will allow students to develop their vocabulary, structures and grammar points by increasing their language competence in a practical way and ultimately enhance all skills such as listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Languages strand of Discover Bath you must be studying an A Level or equivalent, in the language you apply for. You must also be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Languages courses (French, German, Spanish). To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Languages Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Politics

The end of UK politics: has Brexit broken the Union?

Six years ago, as the 2014 referendum over Scottish independence exploded, the Union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland appeared in peril as, for the first time since the 1920s, a constituent part of the United Kingdom looked set to break away. If that referendum result – a vote for against Scottish independence – was meant to settle the question of the Union’s future, however, the Brexit referendum result two years later appears to have blown it apart once more.

With Scotland and Northern Ireland both voting to Remain in the EU, while England and Wales voted to Leave, the nations are divided once more; now, a so-called “IndyRef2” is back on the agenda in Scotland, while reunification of the island of Ireland is being seriously discussed by politicians and public alike. Meanwhile, in Wales, an increasingly visible movement in support of Welsh independence clashes with increased support for the pro-UK ‘Brexit Party’.

Unable to pass a Brexit deal, Westminster has found itself in gridlock, forcing an early General Election. The British general public, Increasingly divided not only by class, but geography, age and education, feels less united than ever. Delving into the crosscutting questions of nationhood, the role of the state, and the nature of representative government, this topic will investigate and analyse the current state of UK politics; ultimately, the question posed is whether Brexit has broken the Union, or whether the nation-state will survive and even flourish in the future?

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Politics strand of Discover Bath you must also likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Politics courses at Bath. To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Politics Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Sociology

The social consequences of Brexit

This overarching theme considers the social implications of Brexit that go beyond the political vote itself. As social scientists, we have a particular interest in the social world and in this instance how the vote impacts on differing sections of our society and the implications of these. Here are a few possible suggestions of the themes and social consequences of Brexit:

  • The rise in hate crimes (racism, the rise of the right-wing)
  • The challenges to the ‘expert’ (fake news, rise in popularism)
  • The roles of ‘class’, ‘age’, ‘ethnicity’ in delivering the Brexit vote

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Sociology strand of Discover Bath you must be studying A levels, or equivalent, including at least one Humanities or Social Science subject. You must also be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Social Sciences courses at Bath. To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Social Sciences Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Psychology

Topic: "Is social media bad for you?"

The media is full of scare stories telling us that social media is bad for us. We will get addicted to social media and it will make us depressed and lonely. There is especially a concern for the negative impact of social media on adolescents. In this project, we will examine the research on this issue and look at problems with it. We will explore your own use of social media and whether that is related to your psychological wellbeing, before conducting a study which will investigate whether social media is bad for us.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Psychology strand of Discover Bath you must be studying A levels, or equivalent, that demonstrate a high level of study in both essay-based and numerical or analytical subjects. You should ideally have a solid grounding in mathematics (or statistics), such as GCSE grade A or 7 in Mathematics. You must also be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Psychology courses at Bath. To be eligible for a subsidised place you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Psychology Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

Business/Management

Brand Management

Brands make consumers do strange, irrational things. Budweiser is America’s favourite beer despite blind taste tests suggesting consumers find it the worst tasting beer. Hordes of middle-aged men purchase Harley Davidson motorcycles over more reliable and inexpensive Japanese brands. Brand management has replaced product innovation as the cornerstone of contemporary consumer capitalism. In this course students will discover why brands are integral to our lives, how to build powerful brands, and how brands such as Nike become cultural icons.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Business/Management strand of Discover Bath you must be studying A levels, or equivalent, that demonstrate a high level of study in both essay-based and numerical or analytical subjects. You must also be likely to meet the entry requirements for one of the Management courses at Bath. To be eligible for a [subsidised place] you must meet our widening participation criteria.

Date

The Business/Management Residential will be from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 July 2020.

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