Archive for Sociology

Sociologists Get Religion

Posted in research with tags , , on 9 February 2010 by Steve

“When Darren Sherkat published a paper in a major sociology journal in the 1990s, focused on Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, he said that the reaction from many senior scholars was ‘dismissive’. He remembers one telling him ‘this is garbage’ for citing Weber’s views on the significance of religious values. ‘It can’t be religion’ driving human behavior, the scholar told the then un-tenured Sherkat. ‘It’s got to be something else that caused the religion’ …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 9 February]

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Poor staff relations threaten Birmingham’s sociology department

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 November 2009 by Steve

UK“The faculty has also been criticised for a poor RAE showing and a lack of research grants. Tensions between academics have been cited as one reason why the University of Birmingham’s sociology department should be closed …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 15 November]

Sociology Turns Up Assessment

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 5 July 2009 by Steve

USA“The question of how to measure learning – and if it can or should be measured at all – continues to stir debate. But despite skeptics’ grumblings, sociology departments are increasingly using assessment methods to evaluate students’ experiences, according to a new study by the American Sociological Association. The survey, administered in 2008, drew responses from 549 departments or programs that offer a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Over all, the number of departments that perform some types of assessment of student learning rose by about 10 percent between 2001, the last year the study was conducted, and 2007. Most sociology departments continued to use student surveys, senior theses or projects, and exit interviews, in that order, according to the report …” (more)

[Stephanie Lee, Inside Higher Ed, 2 July]