Social Control Lecture from BCU

Criminology and Sociology students at Solihull Sixth Form College got a taste of Higher Education this week, thanks to a lecture from Birmingham City University on social control.

Professor Liz Yardley, a Criminology lecture from BCU, visited for the fourth time in the last year. Following a presentation about hate crime, another about the biological, psychological and sociological reasons why someone commits murder, and a third on domestic abuse, this lecture focussed on social control. She explored Hirschi’s theory of social control and challenged those ideas with a case study related to the 2011 riots that swept the country.

Criminology teacher Charlotte Simmonds said:

“Professor Yardley is a great supporter of the College and our students are lucky to have the benefit of her expertise. This lecture was as fascinating as her others have been and demonstrated to students how critical thinking can challenge us all to push against theories and draw our own conclusions. This is precisely the action we are encouraging our students to do in order to get the top grades.”

Social Sciences Curriculum Leader Malcolm Turvey added:

“We are very grateful to Birmingham City University for their continued support of the Social Sciences department, as their staff have been into College five times in the last year. This has provided our students with a valuable insight into undergraduate level study, while also providing research relevant to their A level studies.”

11 February 2020