Taster courses

Our taster courses are designed to offer adult learners an insight into a range of subjects studied at the University.

Exploring Social Sciences

What is an “Identity”? How do we create one, as individuals or as a society?

In this 8-week online course we will explore the theme of “identities” through different disciplines from within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. We will consider what it is like to study a Social Science course at the University of Bristol by exploring an aspect of identity through different disciplines such as Law, Sociology, Politics and Genealogy. Topics may include:

  • ‘The conundrum of ethnicity? Multiple identities in the modern era.’ 
  • ‘Different Identities in Policy Studies.’
  • ‘Criminal identities.’

Each week will include a guest lecture and a discussion-based seminar. There will also be the opportunity to complete a piece of work reflecting on your learning on identities and their role in society.

This course may suit you if:

  • You enjoy learning, reading, or discussing new ideas.
  • You have thought about going to university but are not quite sure how to start.
  • You would like to experience a selection of taster lessons before considering further study. 

Participants who complete this course are eligible for a guaranteed interview for the Foundation Year in Arts and Social Sciences (Cert HE).

Information, advice, and support will be given to those students who are interested in applying to this programme, or to another undergraduate degree at Bristol.

This is an online course. Each week, participants will watch a recorded lecture from home, and participate in a live group-discussion via video-software. Full support will be available to help participants access the videos and live sessions online.

The course fee and dates for Autumn 2021 are yet to be confirmed.

*Please contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk if this fee poses a concern.

Deadline to apply: Autumn 2021 dates to be confirmed

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Deadline: Autumn 2021 - to be confirmed

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