Higher Education Reform

Blog posts and resources relating to reform in higher education. To start a new discussion on HE reform issues, visit the forum via the above link.

Showmanship and The Entrepreneurial University

The dominance of form over substance in the academic labour market has become so unforgiving that small flaws may invalidate a candidate´s presentation of self. You certainly can do the job, but you just don´t look the part.

7 years ago
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Writing the North Atlantic Bubble, part 2

Many sociology departments teach along conventionalist, Eurocentric lines. Nonetheless, a reformulation of the scope of the sociological curriculum seems to be slowly taking shape.

7 years ago
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Some thoughts on attitudes towards foreign students in the UK

When I was a student, I had teachers who spoke about opportunities to study abroad in terms of things like the ability to widen one’s emotional and intellectual horizon.To today’s hardboiled politicians, journalists, and academic managers, these views must seem quaint and laughable.

7 years ago
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Writing the North Atlantic Bubble: Part 1

Sociology is arguably a global project. Significant approaches to the study of society have been developed in many parts of the world. Yet, students in the North Atlantic world do not learn about these approaches, as textbooks interpret the world in terms of scholars of the region.

7 years ago
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What Makes Sociology Textbooks Original?

Currently, textbooks exist at the margins of the Sociology, summarising and recycling extant knowledge while fundamentally lacking in original contributions to sociological enquiry. This doesn’t have to be.

8 years ago
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Textbook World

Textbooks now play a crucial role in teaching in the social sciences. Their importance is mirrored by their abundance; there is an enormous variety of textbooks on the most commonly taught subjects. The rise of the ‘textbook industry’ is not necessarily a good thing, though.

8 years ago
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