Meeting influential thinkers at the Sociology Conference

One of the great course benefits of studying Sociology at the University of Chester is the opportunity for personal development. The Sociology Conference Module is a unique opportunity that aims to facilitate independent and group study into a specific topic, and to develop a variety of transferable skills.

These include:

  • team-work skills
  • research skills
  • critical and conceptual thinking
  • presentation and communication skills (written, visual, verbal)
  • ICT skills
  • organisation and planning
  • effective time management
  • the ability to take initiative and handle unforeseen events.

The conference module is associated with an Annual Conference: a three day event hosted at the Department of Social and Political Science whose aim is to introduce both graduates and undergraduate students to current research and debates on a specific ‘hot topic’ related to the Department programmes. Every year the topic of this course changes, which makes it particularly exciting, innovative but also positively challenging. 


Student involvement

Students are proactively involved with the conference preparation—for example, they provide inputs/ideas for the conference poster, suggest names for potential speakers, and choose their specific roles and responsibilities during the conference— which facilitates a form of collaborative learning aimed at supporting and enhancing their learning experience.  


Find out about this year's event

The theme of this academic year (2014/2015) was Happiness and Subjective Well-being. UK academics and professionals discussed the concepts of Happiness and well-being, and their multiple implications from different theoretical and methodological perspectives.  Previous topics have included: Pornography (2013/14); Identity (2012/13); and Work, Wealth and Opportunities (2011/12).

Below are just some of the photos taken during the 2015 event, held between the 2nd- 4th March 2015 at the Department of Social and Political Science. If you would like to find out more about this year's conference, check out the 2015 conference programme.