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Teaching Resources

Although the issues to be discussed in the seminars will be illustrated via specific texts, you are also encouraged to pursue parallel arguments in different sources from your own disciplines and across disciplines.

The reading list is designed to encourage the consultation of diverse sources in order to identify common concerns and problems.

There is 'core reading' of a couple of articles or chapter per session in order to provide a focus to discussion which all students are required to read.

The ‘further reading’ offers an opportunity to locate the topic in a wider context or to pursue more specialised aspects for essays.

An article that the historians among you might find interesting on the problems of positivist story-telling.

Week Topics Lecturer Reading Powerpoint
2 Science, Positivism and Social Inquiry GKB
(Powerpoint Presentation) *
3 Interpretation & Realism GKB

Sayer on System, Lifeworld & Gender

Holmwood on Gender and Critical Realism

(Powerpoint Presentation) *
4 Values, Validity and Ideal Types GKB Weber 'Objectivity' (PDF Document) (Powerpoint Presentation) *
5 Standpoint Epistemology: Marxist and Feminist GKB

Lukacs 'Standpoint of the Proletariat'
1 (PDF Document) 2 (PDF Document)

Sandra Harding 'Strong Objectivity'

(Powerpoint Presentation) *
6 Postcolonial Epistemologies GKB Gayatri Spivak 'Can the Subaltern Speak?'

(Powerpoint Presentation) *

Essay Workshop (Powerpoint Presentation)

7 The Mobilities Turn NG John Urry on Mobilities (PDF Document) (Powerpoint Presentation)
8 Social Science in Crisis? NG Savage and Burrows (PDF Document) (Powerpoint Presentation)
9 DTC Conference - Nottingham      
10 Live Methods NG

Back and Puwar (PDF Document)

Back on live methods

(Powerpoint Presentation)

* On some computers, the powerpoint presentations need to downloaded, saved, and then 'opened with' the powerpoint viewer that you have - they don't always open just by clicking on them!

** The articles are available through J-stor etc and should be accessible via the link if you are logged into your university account. If you are accessing them off-campus, you may need to set up an ATHENS log-in. This can be done via the library pages.