On The Job

Every job requires some kind of training, whether it’s how to make smoothies or how to write complex computer code, […]

10 years ago

Three Steps To Move HRD Forward

Editor’s note: We are pleased to welcome Joshua C. Collins of Florida International University, whose paper “Illustrating Relevance, Questioning Norms, […]

10 years ago

Universities for the Post-Democratic Age

Critical scholarship and intellectual dissent are currently being closed down in favour of a model of academic life that accords scholars a limited role as purveyors of practically useful skills in ‘real-world’ labour markets.

10 years ago

How can textbooks further student engagement?

All criticism of the genre notwithstanding, textbooks do have a central role to play in turning sociology students into sociologists. Sometimes I do wonder, however, whether it is time to re-invent the textbook.

11 years ago

And Then There Were No Books

When the customs agent started to smile, I knew that things would go badly indeed. He told me that my books would not be allowed into the country, unless I paid a fine of 50 per cent of their current price (a lot of money, and more than I could possibly afford).

11 years ago

I Have No Time to Think and Write

The extent to which academics in different situations own their time appears to be closely associated with the distribution of privilege. In an academic world that is elitist one needs to acquire privileges in order to have time.

11 years ago

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.

11 years ago

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.

11 years ago

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.

11 years ago