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Thinking Allowed: Anthropology - the future of the A-level; Crime and blame

Updated Thursday, 28th May 2015

This week's Thinking Allowed looks at the proposals to scrap Anthropology and blame in the criminal justice system. 

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

South African children Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Sputh Africa Tourist Board / Neil Bradfield On this week's programme:

Anthropology- the future of the A level:

Laurie Taylor talks to Joy Hendry, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, about the proposed cancellation of this course. At a time of global conflict, is it the right time to axe a discipline which allows insight into cultures and ideas very different from our own?

Blame and crime:

Tim Hillier, Associate Head of Leicester de Montfort Law School, De Montfort University, Leicester, explores the role and parameters of culpability within the legal system. He's joined by Lord Ken Macdonald QC and former Director of Public Prosecutions.

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