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Public Sociology Capstones
Non-Neoliberal Alternatives to Internships

ISBN 9780367607128
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
124 Pages

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Book Description

Social science departments, both nationally and internationally, market boundless career destinations for their graduates but fail to identify the pathways to these lucrative destinations, and appear oblivious to the social forces that threaten their existence, such as the discerning parent’s investment in their offspring’s education and mounting individual student debt. This book responds to these social forces, drawing on Michael Burawoy’s model of Public Sociology to show how a research-centred experiential internship provides opportunities for students to draw on their prior learning and realise their potential to create pathways towards employment. The author demonstrates how a specific, research-based course leading to employment with a non-government organisation or government department was evaluated and incrementally developed, giving voice to its multiple beneficiaries. Designed for university teachers, this book will appeal to those in social science departments who are using an internship, service learning or capstone model for their senior undergraduate classes.

Table of Contents

1. Mapping Undergraduate Pathways, not Destinations

2. Public Sociology Capstones

3. The Neoliberal Intern

4. Initial Student Response to Public Sociology

5. Overreaching Community Organisations

6. Fostering Student Responsibility for others

7.Getting it nearly right: Public Sociology Capstone 2017

8. Messy, Creative Coaching

9. Like Sherbet dropped in Lmonade: Student Stories

10. Learning Outcomes 2012–2017



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Martin Tolich is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the co-editor of Qualitative Ethics in Practice and Social Science Research in New Zealand and the co-author of Planning Ethically Responsible Research and Getting Started: An Introduction to Research Methods.