Department of Sociology

The blog of the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey

Surrey Sociology meets the challenges of AI in policy and practice

By Christine Hine Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers simultaneously a wealth of opportunity and a significant challenge for a society wanting to handle its power responsibly. The Digital Societies research grouping of the Department of Sociology at Surrey carries out research across multiple substantive domains, to look beyond the hype, to explore the impacts of AI […]

The trials and tribulations of Relationships and Sex Education in England: What should we be teaching children and young people in schools and how should it be taught?

By Emily Setty Policy and practice pertaining to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in England has been and remains fraught. While the long-fought battle to introduce a statutory national curriculum for RSE has been won, we continue to see RSE as site within and through which the so-called ‘culture wars’ play out. In light of […]

The unanticipated benefits of the pandemic on capacity-building in qualitative tools via the CAQDAS Networking Project

By Christina Silver The CAQDAS Networking Project (CNP) was founded in 1994 by Professors Nigel Fielding and Raymond Lee in the Department of Sociology, here at the University of Surrey, and our remit is to provide impartial information, advice, training, and ongoing support in all things Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) to research communities. Since the outset […]

Queering Shelter in LGBT History Month

By PJ Annand The Queering Shelter project is running a series of LGBTQ+ creative workshops to explore the topic of queer shelter, offering hot vegan and vegetarian food, travel reimbursements and a £50 shopping voucher exhibition contributions. Find out more and reserve your place here. As we celebrate LGBT History Month, it’s a good time […]

Making Decisions About Smart Care

By Christine Hine New digital technologies offering “smart” monitoring of health and wellbeing at home have a lot to offer for those with care needs: but how can we make informed choices about which solutions are right for us? Within a burgeoning market for assistive technologies (a term used for products designed to promote independence […]

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