Conferences, courses and web sites
* The annual conference of the Association for the Teaching of Social Sciences will be held at Liverpool Hope University, September 4-6. Details: ATSS, POBox 61, Watford WD2 2NH.
* The ATSS is running free regional professional development conferences (from 1-4pm unless otherwise stated) at: Leicester University, June 10 (topics: deviance, mass media, theory and method); Keele University, June 11 (family, culture and identity, the thinking student); Middlesbrough College, June 12 (poverty, family and social policy, culture and identity); Friary Adult Education Centre, Cardiff, June 18 (religion, generating coursework ideas, gender and stratification); Bell College, Hamilton, June 19 (poverty, family, health); Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, June 24, 10.45am-3pm (poverty, teaching sociology, the Internet); West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds, June 24, 12.30-4pm (health, culture and identity, skills in sociology); Didsbury School of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, June 25 (family, political sociology, ethnicity); Coombeshead College, Newton Abbot, June 26 (deviance, political sociology, religion); and London University's Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, June 26 (stratification, mass media, culture and identity).
Admission by ticket only, bookable from: Mark Kirby, ATSS, PO Box 61, Watford WD2 2NH.
* The Politics Association is running a revision course for A-level students at Manchester University, April 14-17, by Lynton Robins and Bill Jones, well known editors and authors of leading publications on politics. It will comprise lectures and small groups focusing on topics such as: voting behaviour, the Civil Service, ideologies in British politics, mass media, the European Union, Prime Minister and Cabinet, American politics, pressure group politics, the party system, Parliament, political trends, local government, electoral systems, examination techniques and revision skills. Fee: Pounds 169 residential, Pounds 95 non-residential; reduced rates available. Details: PARC, Studio 16, 1-Mex Business Park, Hamilton Road, Longsight, Manchester M13 OPD, tel: 0161 256 3906.
* The change in the constitution is the main theme of a politics course for A level and first year university students at Logan Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, April 29. Organised by Bernard Black of the Politics Association, speakers include: Quentin Davies MP; Professor Philip Norton, Hull Univer-sity; and Professor Denis Kavanagh, Liverpool University. A nominal fee will be charged. Details: Bernard Black, tel: 01705 241888.
* Psychology and education, sport and exercise psychology and attention are the main themes of the British Psychological Society's annual conference at the Brighton Centre, March 26-29. Topics include: the laughing PC; helping children with reading; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, how singers learn songs, food advertising on British children's television, learning road safety, sports audiences, baseline assessment at five and foster children. Fee: Pounds 90, Pounds 70 members, Pounds 17 concessions (up to February 27). Day rates available. Details: BPS conference office,tel: 0116 252 9555; e mail: email@example.com WEB SITES
* The Association for the Teaching of Social Sciences aims to further the interests of social science teaching in secondary schools, colleges and teacher-training institutions. It is composed mainly of sociologists but also includes teachers of psychology, politics and economics. Its Web site address is: http:www.le.ac.uk educationcentresATSSatss.html * The Social Science Information Gateway at http:www.sosig.ac.uk is an online catalogue of thousands of high-quality Internet resources relevant to social science education and research.
* Keele University students set up the New British Politics pages site at http:www.pssr.keele.ac.uk tablebritnewbrit.htm to provide key dates in UK politics over the past 100 years, links to political parties, pressure and news groups and a useful General Election 1997 sub-site.
* The activities of the House of Commons and the Lords, including Hansard's full-text transcripts of Commons debates (updated daily) can be found at the United Kingdom Parliament site: http:www. parliament.uk. It also contains resources information for schools, conferences and visits organised by the education unit.
* The Office for NationalStatistics Web site at http:www. emap.comons97 providesstatistical information about the UK, including economic updates, regional economic indicators, and even a chart of the most popular first names, as well as links to sources of statistics in other countries.
* United States-produced Web site Psych Web at http:www.psych web.com contains useful information for students and teachers of psychology.