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Teaching Sociology in Higher Education: Pedagogical Practices & Possibilities

An event and panel discussion by the BSA

8 May 2024

About the Event


  • Dr Gemma Ahearne (University of Liverpool)
  • Professor Michaela Benson (Lancaster University)
  • Dr Carli Rowell (University of Sussex)
  • other speakers TBC

As Sociologists “our students are our first and captive public” (Buroway 2004: 265), yet the pedagogy of sociology within UK higher education has lacked attention. British sociology has rarely found the time to consider the ways in which we might teach sociology. This stands in contrast to our sociological peers across the Atlantic where the pedagogy of sociology is a regular feature of debate and discussion (see for example, The American Sociological Association (ASA) journal Teaching Sociology). This event brings together those with an interest in the pedagogy of sociology within UK higher education. It seeks to foster a collaborative and collegial space where pedagogical practices can be shared and afford the time to reflect upon the various ways in which we might teach sociology to best bring alive the discipline and/or transcend conventional pedagogical approaches.

The event will include a range of individual papers (see Call for Papers below) followed by a panel discussion. Panellists’ contributions will centre around the power of partnership working and collaboration, using podcasts as a teaching tool and co-creation in the curriculum and centring working-class voice (more information to follow!).The panellists’ interventions will be followed by open discussion and Q&A.

We anticipate that the event will be of interest to all those with an interest in teaching sociology within UK higher education, from doctoral students looking to develop their pedagogy, to established professors looking to revitalise their practice, as well as those in working in educational enhancement/support roles.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for 15-minute presentations (we welcome creative ways of presenting in addition to the traditional oral format). Potential themes include but are not limited to:

  • Ways of teaching sociology differently
  • Co-creation and collaboration
  • Innovation and creativity in pedagogy
  • Engaging with external partners
  • The role of emotions
  • Teaching inclusively
  • Autoethnography as pedagogy
  • The role of the digital and technological in teaching sociology
  • Navigating the micropolitics of the sociological classroom
  • Challenges, opportunities, and threats in the sociological classroom
  • Any other relevant presentations related to the conference theme
  • Decolonial approaches to teaching sociology

Deadline for abstract submissions: Monday, 18 March 2024.

Please send your abstracts (250 words) to Jodie Weller with the subject line BSA Abstract Submission. Decisions will be communicated to participants by 29 March.


This event will take place on Zoom and is free to attend, however, registration is required.  Registration will open in due course.