This programme takes students to the heart of the country’s legal system, helping them to develop their own understanding of the fundamental concepts of politics and law.
Our 1-day trip is packed full of opportunities for students to challenge the status quo. From creative workshops to a visit to the UK’s Supreme Court.
Arrive at The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court is where what is legal is contested and where issues relevant to wider society get decided on. Your guide will meet you at the entrance, ready to start the day’s activities.
Take a tour of The Supreme Court tour, including a 45-minute talk on the history, role and work of the court. Students will have the chance to see an appeal first-hand. Appeal availability depends on the court schedule and public seating availability.
Leave The Supreme Court and take public transport to Old Street.
Take a walking tour through East London’s street art scene to see how art is used to make political statements for all to see. The guide will lead a discussion on how art and direct action has been used to challenge issues such as gentrification in East London.
Have a break for lunch. Students get free time in Spitalfields’s market to eat their packed lunch in the covered market space or browse the stalls for cuisine from across the world.
Start the afternoon’s activities at the Department for Coffee and Social Affairs and make your way through London’s start-up hub to a co-working space.
Hear from a social enterprise or start-up on challenging the status quo through business. The speaker will talk about setting up a start-up with a conscience, the challenges and the aims of the organization. Students will have an opportunity to engage in a Q&A after the talk.
Engage in a workshop on challenging the status quo. Students divide into groups and are given themes. Each group will decide whether their assigned status quo is best challenged through the courts, the markets or in the public sphere. They will then devise a strategy for challenging this.
After a day full of activities and learning, it’s time to head home.