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Try your hand at criminology and sociology during our Sociology in Action Week

(8 February 2019)

In just a few years, “fake news” has gone from being a term little known or used to being Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2017.

But what is fake news? Why should we care? And what, if anything, should we do about it?

These questions and more will be explored at ‘The Sociology of Fake News’, a day of debates organised by our Sociology Department and open to staff, students and anyone with an interest.

What’s happening?

‘The Sociology of Fake News’ is part of our Sociology in Action Week, which runs from 18 to 22 February.

The Week is part of our Sociology Department’s shift to focusing on the sociology of the world around us and issues of importance to local communities.

‘The Sociology of Fake News’ will include high-profile speakers, workshops and discussions.

Speakers include: Granville Williams, from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign; Dr Victoria Armstrong, Chief Executive of Disability North; and Professor Nicole Westmarland, a leading criminologist and the Head of our Sociology Department.

The event will be held at The Miners’ Hall, Durham, on Monday 18 February. It is free to attend and open to all.

What else is going on?

The Week will also include four Crime Walks. Dr David Honeywell, from our Sociology Department, will lead guided tours of places around Durham City linked to the history of crime, punishment and justice.

The Walks will take place on Tuesday 19 February from 4.15pm to 5.45pm, Wednesday 20 February from noon to 2pm, Thursday 21 February from 10am to 11.30am and Friday 22 February from 10am to 11.30am. They are free and open to all.

There are also workshops and debates, plus careers’ talks for our students.

‘Thinking about the world around us, tackling today’s social problems’

Speaking about the Week, Professor Nicole Westmarland said: “For members of the public, this is a chance to see the kind of sociology and criminology work going on at the University and how our research can be used to tackle today’s social problems.

“For our students, we’re encouraging them to think about the world around us. A university education should include getting out of the classroom and engaging with the marvellous places, people and organisations around us.”

How to get involved

To get more information or register for events, please click here.