HUSO2075 Social and Political Theory

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Social and Political Theory

Taught by sessional instructor Kent Goldsworthy

Building the online classroom with discussion boards

The beginning of any course represents a critical opportunity to establish a course culture and form habits for how people will engage throughout the semester. Many of the students in Kent Goldsworthy’s online course Social and Political Theory haven’t studied online before, so Kent is very clear that online doesn’t mean self-paced or distance ed. He encourages students to, “Think of the discussion boards as the classroom.”

What's the course about?

The course offers an overview of major theoretical and political debates essential for postgraduate studies in the Social Sciences. The course places strong emphasis on linking theoretical debates to practical examples and dilemmas, and introduces students to a range of basic postgraduate writing and research skills and conventions.

How is the course delivered?

  • Online and face-to-face (Sem 1) and online only (Sem 2)
  • Weekly modules with a collection of content and discussion items
  • Discussions used as an online classroom

Methods for setting up and managing discussions

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