Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Sociology update: New academic year, new ideas...

We have been busy over the last few weeks, settling in nearly 300 new students in Sociology and Criminology, and making sure the rest are back in the saddle. We have a big Open Day weekend coming up this weekend, so if you're thinking about studying Sociology or Criminology, please do come and visit us.

Meanwhile, Sociology staff have also been busy teaching option modules this semester on Urban Cultures, Witchcraft, Sociology of the Body, Women and Global Activism, Transnational Cultures and the Information Society. I'll let the Criminology staff do their own update - unlike lots of Criminology programme, this one is taught by dedicated research-active Criminologists who exclusively teach this subject, not cut-and-pasted from other subjects!

And all of the teaching staff in the School of Sociology and Criminology are research active. As well as various ongoing research projects, staff have been attending conferences, giving internal and external seminars, publishing their work.

Recent publication highlights include:

Dr Emma Head on the ethics of paying participants in qualitative research in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Dr Mark Featherstone on Klein's Shock Doctrine, Negri's Empire and Retort's Afflicted Powers in Issue 5.2

Dr Dana Rosenfeld on hetero- and homo-normativity amongst gay elders in Gender and Society

We have a busy Sociology seminar series this semester, to which all are welcome. Next semester's speakers will be circulated shortly.

And there is still time - just! - to apply for a PhD scholarship in the Sociology or Criminology end of the Institute for Law, Politics and Justice...

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