To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
The following books will be useful throughout your first two years at university:
Childhood & Youth Studies
- Furlong, A., (2013) Youth Studies: An Introduction, Routledge: Abingdon.
- France, A. (2016) Understanding Youth in the Global Economic Crisis, Policy Press, Bristol.
- Bauman, Z. and May, T. (2019) Thinking Sociologically (3rd Edition) London: Blackwell.
- C. Wright Mills (1959) The Sociological Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Richard Sennett (2012) Together: The rituals, pleasures, and politics of cooperation. Yale University Press.
- Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2010) The spirit level: why equality is better for everyone. Penguin.
You can see some of our cutting-edge research pertinent to your degree at the following links:
Things to do now
We don’t recommend too much preparation before arrival – you’ll have enough to do when you arrive!
However, you might want to think about how you’ll prepare for study. This might involve clearing a space for study if you intend to study from your home or thinking about how you’ll manage your time in relation to caring, social and work obligations when you begin the programme.
Do some general reading on the themes of childhood and youth. A good introductory text would be ‘Youth Studies: An Introduction’ by Alan Furlong published by Routledge.
You could also:
Additional ways to prepare
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