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Teaching Sociology

Aims and objectives:

  1. To link Australian sociologists with particular interest in the teaching of sociology
  2. To be a contact point for international sociologists with such an interest
  3. To enable sharing of research and ideas around the teaching of sociology

Year established: June 2007

Conveners:
Louise St Guillaume (12/16)

Activities / Publications

 Activities:

  • In 2008, the group took responsibly for a special thematic group edition of Nexus 20(4), which involved a number of different members of the group, ranging from senior TASA members to students.
  • During 2008-09 the group acted as a reference group for the TASA project, Sociology in Australia: A Scoping Study, funded by the Carrick Institute for Teaching and Learning and led by Helen Marshall. The resulting report, Teaching Sociology in Australia: A Report to the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2009), by Helen Marshall, Peter Robinson, John Germov and Eileen Clark, was launched at the TASA conference in 2009. The report provides the first systematic overview of teaching sociology in Australia and includes recommendations for the discipline.
  • In 2010 members of the Thematic Group contributed to a TASA working group led by Deb King to begin the process of considering teaching standards for sociology, including holding a Plenary at the 2010 TASA conference: New Challenges for Teaching Sociology: Developing Academic Standards for Undergraduates.
  • In 2011 the group commenced providing regular contributions on teaching sociology to the TASA newsletter, Nexus.
  • The group held a Panel Session at the 2011 TASA Conference at Newcastle University, on Doing the Right Thing: Ethics, Justice and Inclusion in the Teaching of Sociology. See report in Nexus 24: 1.
  • During 2011-2012, co-conveners Kristin Natalier and Kirsten Harley and past convenor Helen Marshall were members of the Discipline Reference Group, chaired by TG member Karen Farquharson, which developed and facilitated consultation on the threshold learning outcomes (TLOS). The TLOs were launched at the TASA AGM at UQ in November 2012.
  • During 2011-12, Roger Wilkinson, TASA Multi Media Manager, focused on the About Sociology section of TASAweb including the Teaching Sociology section.
  • In 2012 the group received TASA TG funding support to hold a one-day post-conference workshop, Diverse Sociologies: Valuing difference and teaching sociology. A report of the workshop is in Nexus 25:1.
  • Members of the group are amongst the contributors to the forthcoming 2013 special issue of the Journal of Sociology, in TASA’s 50th year, on Teaching Sociology: Reflections on the Discipline, edited by Kirsten Harley and Kristin Natalier.

Archive - conveners

December 2010 – March 2013
Kristin Natalier Kristin.Natalier@utas.edu.au
Kirsten Harley kirsten.harley@usyd.edu.au

2007 – December 2010
Helen Marshall helen.marshall@rmit.edu.au

Group members:

  • Peta Cook
  • Deborah Dempsey
  • Helen Marshall
  • Grazyna Zajdow
  • Karen Farquharson
  • Martin Forsey
  • Kirsten McLean
  • Xianbi HUANG
  • Justine Parer
  • Sarah Baker
  • Theresa L Petray
  • Vivienne Waller
  • Claudine Moutou
  • Edgar Burns
  • Roger Wilkinson
  • Brady Robards
  • Kirsten Harley
  • Phillip Ablett
  • Lucinda Aberdeen
  • Michelle Black
  • Michael Howard
  • Angela Lehmann
  • Bernard East
  • Kim Hudson
  • Robyn Moore
  • Alina Cristina Constantin
  • Alex Page
  • Janet Congues
  • Paulina Billett
  • Letitia Del Fabbro
  • Kim McLeod
  • Sara James
  • Angela Leahy
  • Annetta Mallon
  • Melanie Shier-Baker
  • Kaete Walker
  • Johanne Brady
  • Narelle Warren
  • Marcus Maloney
  • Aqua Hastings
  • Suzanne Egan
  • Ashleigh Watson
  • James Arvanitakis
  • Sandra Kearney
  • Genine Hook
  • James Connor
  • Rhys Gower
  • Anna Tsalapatanis
  • Barrie Shannon
  • Rachel Busbridge
  • Edwin Sayes
  • John McGuire
  • Ian Flaherty
  • Jacqui Williams
  • Johanna Garnett
  • Alyce Stratigos
  • Kathleen Butler
  • CELINA VALENTE
  • SANDEEP KAUR SANDHU
  • Andrew Gilbert
  • Donna Bridges
  • Dolores Corral Prado

 

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