Sociological Studies taster session

This taster session gives you an insight into studying Digital Media and Society at university.

Sociological studies students

Identity on social media: constructing the perfect self

A free taster session for Y12 and 13 students.

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Please be advised that bookings for all taster sessions will close at 10am the day before the session, or earlier if the session becomes fully-booked. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

If you are a teacher, please encourage your pupils to book individually.

When: Thursday 25 November 2021, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Age group: Year 12, Year 13 

Join us for this session in which we'll explore just some of the many exciting topics you could study as part of the innovative BA (Hons) Digital Media and Society programme at The University of Sheffield. In a taster lecture with Dr Hannah Ditchfield, 'Identity on social media: constructing the perfect self', we will discuss some of the ways social media users construct their identities in the online world. We will ask how performing identity online is different to offline situations and discuss the opportunities for identity construction that are available to social media users.

Importantly, this talk will pose questions around the implications of presenting the self online, for example, are our presentations of self becoming more 'perfect'? and is this advantageous or problematic for society? This lecture will be followed by a taster seminar with Dr Ysabel Gerrard.


Time Activity
4:30pm Log in / settle
4:30pm Welcome and introduction from Dr Ysabel Gerrard
4:45pm 'Identity on social media: constructing the perfect self' - a taster lecture with Dr Hannah Ditchfield


5:05pm Seminar with Dr Ysabel Gerrard
5:35pm  Q & A
6:00pm Close 

We look forward to meeting you!

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