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Classic Quote of the Week: Zygmunt Bauman on The Task for Sociology

Your sociology quote of the week is by Zygmunt Bauman, featured in an interview with The Guardian. Bauman reflects on the political landscape in the UK, and how our discipline needs to focus on finding applied answers to social problems. He was unhappy to note… Continue Reading “Classic Quote of the Week: Zygmunt Bauman on The Task for Sociology”

Classic Quote of the Week: Pierre Bourdieu on The Function of Sociology

Need some inspiration? Your sociology quote of the week comes from Pierre Bourdieu, as featured in The New York Times. In the first chapter of On Television, Bourdieu writes: The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden. In so… Continue Reading “Classic Quote of the Week: Pierre Bourdieu on The Function of Sociology”

Talking Sociology With Local Communities

Volunteering is an important way to build applied sociology careers. Let’s explore how giving practical talks to community groups can improve both communities and our sociology. We’ll use a short case study of Dr. Ray McDonald, Assistant Professor at Wiley College in the USA, who gave a… Continue Reading “Talking Sociology With Local Communities”

Learning to Write a Thesis: An Applied Sociology Perspective

How long was your thesis? If you’re still a student, how long do you plan your thesis to be? In the amusing graphic below by blogger R is My Friend, we can see that sociology is right up there for voluminous pages, along with… Continue Reading “Learning to Write a Thesis: An Applied Sociology Perspective”

Breaking Down the Otherness of Applied Sociology

By Zuleyka Zevallos [1] This series on Doing Sociology Beyond Academia focuses on the dis/connections between academia and applied sociology, with a view to breaking down the divide between these complimentary spheres of sociology. The authors discuss the production of specialised sociological research for specific… Continue Reading “Breaking Down the Otherness of Applied Sociology”

Applied Sociology Career Advice: Get into Volunteering

Volunteering does more than boost community belonging; it also boosts economic productivity and improves the social skills of workers. For applied sociologists, doing unpaid work with a not-for-profit will open up new doors throughout your career. The only obstacle is learning how to best reflect… Continue Reading “Applied Sociology Career Advice: Get into Volunteering”

So Social Science Degrees are in Decline? How Applied Sociology Can Help

The graphic below has been going around for a few weeks yet surprisingly with little analysis. A Backstage Sociologist first published it in late April, writing only: Teaching and learning are not market transactions: They are sacred encounters of soulcraft. This graphic leaves one who… Continue Reading “So Social Science Degrees are in Decline? How Applied Sociology Can Help”

Why Do We Read So Much in Sociology?

When I was still teaching sociology, I was often bemused when some students complained that they had too much reading to do ahead of class. We typically set two journal articles or book chapters as mandatory reading each week (and of course there were… Continue Reading “Why Do We Read So Much in Sociology?”

How Sociology Class Discussions Benefit Your Career

As a student, did you ever wonder why we do so much group work in sociology classes? This isn’t a superficial way to discuss readings – you’re learning valuable skills that will serve you well in an applied career.

What is Clinical Sociology?

Clinical sociology is an applied practice that focuses on health intervention, such as working with medical practitioners, community health services, social policy and public health campaigns. In this post, we’ll take a look at a definition of clinical work, as well as two case… Continue Reading “What is Clinical Sociology?”