S4-S6 pupils were recently granted the opportunity to attend an open day run by the Social Sciences department at Aberdeen University. This was an incredibly insightful and interesting trip which allowed the pupils to gain an experience of what studying Social Subjects would be like at university.
The day was split into two. In the morning pupils were given the opportunity to attend tutorials run by professors within the department. Pupils took part in a mini-election run by the politics department in which they discussed the merits of representative democracy and the pressure put on MPs. The Sociology department delivered an interesting presentation on the redistribution of wealth in society and pupils participated in a lively discussion orientated around wages and why some careers pay more than others. In Anthropology pupils were involved in a discussion on the meaning of tattoos in different cultures throughout the world followed by a presentation on the practice of exorcism in Tibet.
A tour of the university campus was provided in the afternoon. This allowed pupils to see many of the most important areas of the Aberdeen University campus, providing some excellent photo opportunities along the way (See above).
The pupils behaviour and attitude throughout the day was exemplary, with all pupils fully engaging with the lessons and discussion facilitated by the university staff. All pupils in attendance are currently studying a Social Subject at National or Higher level and this trip enhanced their awareness of how an interest in Social Subjects can be pursued beyond Hazlehead Academy.