Welcome to the C-SAP mini-site!
This C-SAP mini-site looks at volunteering and careers for sociology and politics undergraduates It will also be relevant to you if you are studying criminology, women's studies, social work, youth and community work, health and/or education.
A note for lecturers and practitioners:
The mini-site is addressed to students, but it will also be useful to you. The material might work alongside face-to-face sessions or be used for e-learning.
The theme of the mini-site is domestic violence.
This theme was chosen as sociology and politics degrees involve studying areas of equality and diversity, and students are frequently interested in volunteering and pursuing careers where they feel that they might make a difference to people's lives.
Even if domestic violence isn't currently one of your interests, the material in this site offers ways of starting to think about volunteering at university, and careers after graduation.
The mini-site has been built with Wimba Create, so it's easy to navigate via the index on the left to whatever you want to look at. You can work through the whole site or dip into sections.
The Project Directors for the mini-site are Deborah Lee, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Nottingham Trent University, who, at the time this project was undertaken, was a Trustee at Derby Women's Centre; and Chris Moore, Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Northampton.
© Emma Wishart, 2009
Michael Keenan, a Lecturer in Sociology at Nottingham Trent University, was also involved in developing the initial proposal for the project. Along with Andy Coppins, Volunteering Manager at Nottingham Trent University, Michael evaluated the developing mini-site.
The Project Directors acknowledge kind assistance from staff at C-SAP, Darren Marsh, Joyce Canaan and Helen Howard; from the Educational Development Unit at Nottingham Trent University, particularly Barry Gregory; and from Colleen McNeil-Walsh and Nick Sage at the University of Northampton.
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Transcript of Introduction Video (PDF document)
University of Northampton students took part in focus groups to help determine the content of the mini-site and to highlight the skills they thought it particularly important to focus upon. They are: Stuart Procter, Isabella De Matos, Jennifer Shipley, Charlotte Roswell, Adelle Venn, Zoe Poole, Anne Anderson, Alison Shearer, Sarah Wilkie, Sophie Bawa, Chris Billows, Robert Walker, Lauren Frayne, and Millicent Brown. Two Nottingham Trent University Politics students - who prefer to remain anonymous - also contributed their views to the project.
The mini-site has been developed in close collaboration with voluntary sector organisations: Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum, Derby Women's Centre, and Safe and Sound, Derby.
Filming for the mini-site was undertaken by Martin Dale from Nottingham Trent University and editing was by Ben Sigsworth and Martin Dale. Except where indicated, all photographs are © Debbie Whitmore, 2009. Many of the photographs were posed by actors.
Emily, a BA (Hons) Sociology graduate, has recorded a video introduction [3 minutes] explaining exactly what you'll find in this site. Emily also talks about her experiences of working for Victim Support while a student later in the site.
We all hope you find this mini-site interesting and useful!