Victory Declared As QUB Course Cuts Reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“Unlike previous years, 2016 has been a tough one for Queen’s University Belfast, as plans to cut course programmes in Sociology and Anthropology have been resisted by an alliance of staff and students. Undeterred by the decision to close the BA Sociology programme last month, the ‘Take Back Queen’s’ campaign held rallies and garnered opposition to the plans …” (more)

[The Last Round, 5 October]

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Decision by Queen’s to scrap its sociology degree is a sad reflection of university’s true objectives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“The decision by senior managers at Queen’s University, Belfast, to close its single honours degree in sociology is an abdication of the university’s responsibility to offer students in Northern Ireland the broadest opportunity to study our society …” (more)

[Tony Trueman, Belfast Telegraph, 23 September]

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Familiar Struggles Greet The New Academic Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“As many students adorn campuses across the North for the very first time, it was revealed last week that despite protests from staff and students, Queen’s was going to go ahead with the recommendations set out in its ‘Shape and Size’ review, and cut the BA Sociology programme at the university …” (more)

[The Last Round, 21 September]

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Anger as Belfast’s Queen University dumps sociology degree

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Queen’s academics have been left reeling after the university announced the ditching of its sociology degree. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, said staff were informed of the decision on Friday …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 19 September]

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Why academics can’t write

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2013 by steve

“A couple or so years ago, the university where I teach introduced a new way for staff to record information about tutorials, grandly calling it the ‘Co-Tutor Student Management Relationship System’ …” (more)

[Michael Billig, Prospect, 8 August]

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Germans Boycott University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2013 by steve

Germany“The results of the CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development) University Ranking, a subject-level classification covering a range of academic disciplines, have been published each spring since 1998 …” (more)

[Universities in Crisis, 21 June]

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Sociologists Get Religion

Posted in Research on February 9th, 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 on November 15th, 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]

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Sociology Turns Up Assessment

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 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]

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