Studying Sociology

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    The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part II

The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part II

Inspired by the LSE Library’s latest exhibition on Beveridge and the welfare state, student Lucy Smith organised a visit to the LSE for her A-Level teacher and his pupils from Drapers’ Academy, Romford. Their thoughts about the visit, studying sociology and the class system – written in their own words – are detailed in this post. Find out how the visit came about […]

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    The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part I

The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part I

Inspired by the LSE Library’s latest exhibition on Beveridge and the welfare state, student Lucy Smith organised a visit to the LSE for her A-Level teacher and his pupils from Drapers’ Academy, Romford. Her post underlines the importance of praxis and reminds “all of us who say ‘sociology’ to actually do sociology”.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Tom Brookes for a fascinating blog post which inspired […]

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    Decolonising Social Thought and Contemporary Social Discourse: the diversification and globalisation of sociology

Decolonising Social Thought and Contemporary Social Discourse: the diversification and globalisation of sociology

Do movements dedicated to decolonising sociology need to press further? Ashley Masing explores what a fully decolonised sociology could look like.

In The Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx once wrote that our political, legal, and educational systems were built on the foundations of existing structures which have scaffolded our society — and our colonial past is no exception to such influence. […]

Road to LSE: escaping thresholds

In this piece, Sandeepan Tripathy recounts his journey to sociology: both the discipline and the Department of Sociology at LSE, exploring the thresholds he has passed along the way.

It would be sociologically inadmissible to say it was all “fate and luck” (well I share my date of birth with August Comte). Turning to Sociology was based on a desire to […]

The ‘Poor Fetish’: sociology is guilty too

In this reflective piece, Solene Auzimour considers her experience as a researcher, the importance of asking ourselves ‘why’ and ‘how’ we carry out sociological research, and her decision not to choose squatting as a dissertation topic.

October 2017, 1am. I am on my way to a rave, cycling on the empty streets near Stratford’s Olympic desert. Four dudes I met on the way are […]

Transition: Undergraduate to Masters to PhD

In this post, LSE Department of Sociology alumnus Rabia Nasimi talks us through her journey as a student, now beginning her PhD at the University of Cambridge. 

I was one of six people studying the MSc in Sociology (Research) at the LSE in the academic year 2015/2016.  It was during my third year at Goldsmiths University that I applied to […]

Self-Care for Students

As reading week approaches, and our to-do lists get longer, this blog is a reminder to take care of yourselves. Self-care is important to prevent any problems getting worse, and for your productivity.

Tips to take care this reading week:

Remember that there are people that you can talk to- friends, AAs, teachers, academics, university counsellors. Help and support is […]

Juggling Studying, Work and Volunteering: is it possible?

By Rabia Nasimi (@RabiaNasimi)

Soon-to-graduate master’s student, Rabia, reflects on her experiences balancing studying with working and volunteering whilst at LSE.

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The 14th November was one of those days you count down towards, with great tension; sometimes wishing it would come quickly, and other times wanting time to drag its feet. Yes, unsurprisingly – it’s results day. For me, […]

The Undergraduate Dissertation

 LSE Sociologists, it is final year- that means dissertation!

This blog is to provide some reassurance, and hopefully answer any questions you may have about the sociological dissertation. This is for you to refer back to as you progress throughout your dissertation course. Course convenor Fran Tonkiss provided an interview and some advice about the sociological dissertation project. To find […]

Food Banks, Community Gardens and ‘I, Daniel Blake’

By Helen Traill – @TraillHelen

My research into community growing projects and the film I, Daniel Blake seem initially to have little in common. Yet they both engage with a critique of the way our society deals with people in need. The indictment of the benefits systems in I, Daniel Blake is a powerful one. In moving, simple terms, it […]