Theory to the People

Here are some of the resources I’ve developed for theory teaching.

I’ve been teaching theory since my first full-time academic position, bac in 2009. At Durham, I currently (2021/2) teach two undergraduate theory modules (Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory and Social Theory and Politics of Knowledge) and one postgraduate theory module (Public Sociology: Theory and Practice), but theory is at the core of what I do. Some of the resources I share here have been developed for these modules, others not. Feel free to use them but make sure you cite/credit properly, and, even better, let me know. Make sure you read the disclaimers first.

Does academic freedom extend to social media?

There is a longer discussion about this that has been going on in the US, continental European, and many other parts of the academic/policy/legal/media complexes and their intersection. Useful points of reference are Magna Charta Universitatum (1988), in part developed to stimulate ‘transition’ of Central/Eastern European universities away from communism, and European University Association’s Autonomy […]

Modern and contemporary sociological theory, AY 21/22

This is a shorter version of the draft syllabus for the Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory module (course) that I am teaching at Durham’s Department of Sociology. MCST is a 20-credit mandatory undergraduate module in Year 2, covering the period from mid-20th century (roughly, end of World War II) until the present. I run only […]

How to think about theory (interview with Mark Carrigan, 28 June 2018)

In June 2018, Mark Carrigan interviewed me and a few other people on what is social theory. The original interview was published on the Social Theory Applied website. I’m sharing it here only lightly edited, as it still reflects to a good degree what I think about the labour of theorizing as well as what […]

How to revise theory

These are some of the slides I have developed for this year’s revision lecture for my students on Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory at Durham. I am posting them here as they may be a useful pedagogical resource for thinking through teaching – not only social (or sociological) theory but also other kinds of social […]

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