On Monday the 5th of December, Mr Hull and Miss Smith accompanied thirty-two year 13 Psychology and Sociology students on a trip to the Crown courts in Nottingham. After a Christmas coffee at Cafe Nero, students underwent the strict security checkpoint to gain entry to the Crown courts. Once inside, students were able to move freely between the various courtrooms to witness the formalities of the legal process, splitting into small groups to ensure that minimal interference occurred during the trials. Students suggested that this experience allowed them to consider the real life consequences of the behaviours and explanations they study within the criminological areas of the social sciences, whilst also providing a personal context of what it is actually like to navigate through the judicial process.
The trip concluded after lunch, but not before students completed a social research task in Nottingham’s Market square, capturing some social science based snapshots as well as some Christmas spirit!