PEOPLE

  • Dr Ken McLaughlin

    senior lecturer in social work

    Manchester Metropolitan University

    Ken co-ordinates modules on sociology and mental health at Manchester Metropolitan University and is concerned with the way in which societal problems are increasingly viewed through a therapeutic gaze. His book Social Work Politics and Society: From radicalism to orthodoxy highlighted the authoritarian consequences of the ‘therapeutic turn’ in contemporary political life, with particular focus on social policy development and social work practice. His work has appeared in a number of professional journals including the British Journal of Social Work and Critical Social Policy and in the online current affairs magazine spiked.

DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY

Championship: Liverpool 2018

DEBATE: Vegetarianism

Championship: Liverpool 2018

DEBATE: Prison violence

Regional Final: North West & North Wales 2015/16

DEBATE: Trident

Qualifying Round: Cheshire 2015/16

DEBATE: Religious Freedom

Qualifying Round: Cheshire 2015/16

DEBATE: Gentrification

Qualifying Round: Manchester 2014/15

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2013/14

DEBATE: Smart Drugs

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2013/14

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2012/13

DEBATE: Factory Farming

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2012/13

DEBATE: Party Funding

Qualifying Round: Merseyside 2012/13

DEBATE: Tax Avoidance

Qualifying Round: Merseyside 2012/13

DEBATE: Free speech

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2011/12

DEBATE: Scottish Independence

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2011/12

DEBATE: Media Regulation

Regional Final: North West & North Wales 2010/11

DEBATE: Energy

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2010/11

DEBATE: Monarchy

Qualifying Round: Blackburn 2010/11

DEBATE: Privacy Online

Qualifying Round: Lancashire 2009/10

DEBATE: BNP

Qualifying Round: Lancashire 2009/10

DEBATE: Organic food

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre



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