Image: https://unsplash.com/@shaikhulud The world is tired of hearing about climate change. Whether it’s because of a constant injection of anxiety, or fatigue from attempts at a cleaner, greener lifestyle. But there are still so many who refuse to acknowledge the...
2020 Blog Prizes
This year students on the first year Global Social Challenges course have produced a host of great blogs drawing on course themes and current events. The blogs demonstrate the public relevance of sociological understanding – perhaps this year more relevant than ever....
Social Pride and Social Responsibility: Do we pick and choose?
Image: https://unsplash.com/@theeastlondonphotographer By Shannon Weeds It takes all of seven seconds to make a preconception of someone - where we begin to decide their trustworthiness but where do these ‘impressions’ come from? The colour of your hair, eyes, race,...
Climate Change : Why It Happens? How to Deal With It?
Image: https://unsplash.com/@markusspiske By Siruo Wang Since the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change in 1988, Global Climate Change had become a focus issue. For now, climate change is one of the most important issues in 21st century....
2019 prize announcement
Once again, students on the first year Global Social Challenges course have taken to blog writing with relish, demonstrating the public relevance of sociological research and teaching. Fifty student blog pieces were published during April - June 2019 and the teaching...
Why cutting back on meat is the best thing you can do for the planet.
According to a report by the UN, the global livestock industry contributes to 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions across the globe – that’s more than all transport methods put together. However, this is rarely shown in the media. We are often told to “cut down on shorter car journeys” or encouraged to “take public transport,” whilst there are bigger issues staring us in the face.
Taking the wall street bull by the horns
What we are seeing in the political landscape of America is that newly created wealth is increasingly going in the pockets of the already rich. In his infamous Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx seemed to provide early warning of this progression. He told us that capitalism would inevitably lead to stark inequality. That those who own capital will exploit those that do not; increasing working hours, creating inhumane working conditions and so on. So why didn’t we listen?
Growing older – the impact of an ageing population on society.
This blog will attempt to address these reasons as well as reasons for why an ageing population may cause problems for our societies. The first section will look at why populations are ageing, the second will look at the older populations in the “modern” workforce, and finally the third section will look at the impact that an ageing population has on healthcare and the economy.
The gap is widening – Inequality in the UK.
Inequality is a big issue in the UK. 2018 saw the fall in average income of the poorest fifth of the population by 1.6% while the average income of the richest fifth rose by 4.7% (Office for National Statistics). While income per person is a somewhat useful indicator of inequality, there is far more to it than just how much money is in the pockets of people in the UK: Factors like health and other social issues are key to improving inequality as a whole country-wide.
What can be done about climate change in the 21st century?
by Penny Meek The terms ‘climate change’, ‘global warming’ ‘sustainability’ and ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ will not be unfamiliar to anyone in the Western world; these issues have dominated political discourse about environmental issues since the...