Girls behaving badly: A Sociology Workshop at The University of Sheffield

Posted on: 30th June 2017




In a very different day to normal lessons, on Thursday 29 June, our Year 12 Sociology students spent a day at the Sheffield Methods Institute at the University of Sheffield, working with 3 other schools: Bradfield, Meadowhead and Silverdale.


The day was coordinated by Sheffield Girls’ Sociology department and the University of Sheffield. The students were involved in carrying out experiments to test social boundaries, looking at the studies of Garfinkel, a sociologist who encouraged his students to go out and see first-hand the impact of bending the rules of expectation and behaviour.


In a very brave experiment, the girls tested what would happen when their behaviour did not conform to social norms by behaving 'strangely'; by blocking doorways and making a 'human wall', for example. Luckily, Head of Sociology, Mrs Bamforth, was on hand to explain! We thank the Sheffield Methods Institute for interesting lectures and a fun opportunity to test out ideas ourselves.