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In 2014-15, to commemorate the University of Chester’s 175th year, we hosted a series of free public lectures.

Have you thought about what a world without borders would look like? Have you thought about why we consider some people’s behaviour, dress sense or home décor to be in bad taste? Have you thought about what it means to be happy and why we all aspire to happiness?

The Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Chester prides itself on thinking critically about the society we live in and asking difficult – and often unusual – questions of ourselves and of our students. Delivered in bite-sized, exciting, 15-minute slots by experienced lecturers and researchers in Sociology, Criminology, Politics, Economics, International Relations, Counselling and Psychological Trauma, the Have You Thought About…? talks introduced audiences to some of the latest debates in our Department's areas of academic expertise, and challenged participants to change the way they think about the world, from everyday occurrences to the big, global issues. The lectures were aimed at a non-specialist audience and were followed by open audience comment and Q&A sessions.

For further information about the lecture series or future public events in the Department of Social and Political Science, please contact the organiser of the Have You Thought About...? lecture series, Dr Katherine Harrison, Senior Lecturer in Sociology (

Lecture 1 (19 November 2014)

'Have You Thought About... A World Without Prisons, Borders or Carbon Markets?'

Speakers: Dr Jo Turner (Criminology), Dr Joe Rigby (Sociology) and Dr Rosa Fernandez (Economics). Chair: Dr Ben Revi (Sociology).

Lecture 2  (11 February 2015)

'Have You Thought About... Bad Taste, Excrement or Professional Wrestling?'

Speakers: Dr Katherine Harrison (Sociology), Dr Cassie Ogden (Sociology) and Dr Karen Corteen (Criminology). Chair: Dr Mark Bendall (Politics).

Lecture 3 (22 April 2015)

'Have You Thought About... Madness, Happiness or Spirituality?'

Speakers: Dr Paul Wagg (Counselling), Dr Alessandro Pratesi (Sociology) and Rev Dr Peter Gubi (Counselling). Chair: Dr Rita Mintz (Counselling).