Sociology students have today questioned their own beliefs about the world around them as part of a series of interactive workshops for a New Age Beliefs Day.

This A Level subject sees students explore how human actions are shaped by cultural and social structures and today students have joined a series of sessions led by experts to experience palm reading, mediumship, colour therapy and candlelight meditation. Students often progress to careers working with people, and the session brought their studies to life and helped them to understand more about how individual beliefs shape people’s behaviour.

Throughout the day groups experienced a range of activities for themselves, including learning how mediums read tarot cards from a professional medium and meditating by candlelight. Students were able to ask question of those delivering the session, and saw their own individual views on the activities challenged.

Zoe Martin, Teacher of Sociology says: “Sociology is a fascinating subject which helps us to understand how and why individual beliefs influence our lives so heavily. Being able to experience activities and take part in a variety of sessions has really brought our New Age Beliefs topic to life, and challenged the individual views of students. Our palm reading and mediumship sessions have been particularly vibrant with some lively discussions about the influence these kind of topics have on our lives, and those of others! Today has been a great example of how we stretch and challenge students so that they question their own beliefs, whilst developing their subject knowledge in a unique and engaging way."