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Discover Days

Our free discover days give young people a feel for study at university level.

Discover days are subject specific, and involve a series of activities designed to help aspiring undergraduate students decide which degree is right for them.

Discover Days in summer 2017

Philosophy

Our Discover Philosophy Day is designed to encourage young people to try out the life of a philosophy student.

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy asks – and tries to answer – the kinds of deep and puzzling questions that other subjects don’t answer.

There’s no simple answer to that! But here’s a selection of philosophical questions such as:

  • What makes our actions right or wrong?
  • Is it OK to torture one innocent person in order to save the lives of a hundred others?
  • Does God exist?
  • How can we know anything about the world around us?
  • Is my mind just my brain?
  • Should we trust doctors more than homeopaths?
  • What is truth?
  • Is democracy better than dictatorship?
  • Is it rational to fear death?
  • What is time?

If you find these kinds of questions interesting, then come along to the Philosophy Discover Day and find out more.

You don't need to have studied philosophy before and you might just have some fun.

You can come to philosophy with any academic background - you just need curiosity and an open mind.

Philosophy asks – and tries to answer – the kinds of deep and puzzling questions that other subjects don’t answer.

So if you’re interested in truth, beauty, right and wrong, justice, the nature of science, how language works, the meaning and value of life, the existence of God, the difference between rational and irrational beliefs, then philosophy is for you.

Find out more, and register to attend the Discover Philosophy Day on 10 July 2017:

Sociology

Our Discover Sociology Day is designed to encourage young people to try out the life of a sociology student.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social life and social change. It examines individual behaviour by studying people’s social context and the factors that affect their lives.

If you are interested in the patterns of individual and group behaviour, the rules and norms that govern that behaviour in different societies and the meanings that people attribute to their own life circumstances, social identities and relationships, come along to the Sociology Discover Day and find out more.

You don't need to have studied sociology before and you might just have some fun.

You can come to sociology with any academic background - you just need curiosity and an open mind.

Find out more, and register to attend the Discover Sociology Day on 28 June 2017:

Students were able to get a taste of the thinking involved at undergraduate level and I think this was the key thing they’ll take away from today. The subject focus was good and sustained too.

Teacher / Discover Philosophy Day

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