Research Students' Seminar

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Lisa Mckenzie STC S212


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Sociology. This course is not available as an outside option.

Only available to sociology research students in the second and subsequent years of their MPhil/PhD.

Course content

Seminars will discuss some recent influential or prize-winning articles or books in a number of areas of sociological endeavour. The purpose of the seminars is to introduce research students to what sociologists internationally consider to be leading examples of contemporary research, and to ensure that MPhil/PhD students graduating from the department have a chance to acquire a command of debates beyond the special expertise they develop in their own area of research. The seminars will begin with a thirty minute student presentation on the article or book in question, followed by discussion. On occasion, an academic with expertise in that area may be invited to act as a respondent. In addition, there will be a special day seminar devoted to helping those students who are preparing for their upgrade viva. This will provide them with an opportunity to present and defend a significant aspect of their argument


10 hours of seminars in the MT. 10 hours of seminars in the LT. 8 hours of seminars in the ST.

Fortnightly seminars in the MT and LT for all sociology research students in their second and subsequent years. For those students preparing for their upgrade viva there will also be a special day seminar usually in ST.


There is no formal assessment, but participants are asked to present papers, read the work of selected authors, and contribute to discussion.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2015/16: 5

Average class size 2015/16: 6

Value: Non-assessed

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