Capstone project in sociology
The Capstone Project is a six-credit compulsory course for major students to be offered in the final year of study. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate their sociological knowledge and skills through a series of workshop, class discussion, student presentations, portfolio work and experiential learning.
The Capstone Project should normally be undertaken in a small group of two or three students. Students will be allocated a supervisor who will help them identify a topic of interest that is relevant to the core discipline. All projects should contain an element of public engagement.
Our students showcase their research findings at a regular sociology capstone fair, punctuated by performance, games, interactive displays and film screening.
Past capstone fairs:
Capstone project archive
Browse students’ completed projects and discover their findings in our capstone project archive.
Course learning outcomes
By the end of the course, you are expected to have the ability to:
- Demonstrate their sociological knowledge;
- Analyse a topic of study with critical and reflexive perspectives;
- Articulate their learning experience into a written paper, other forms of creative output or community activities;
- Communicate the outcome of their study and their sociologically informed views to a public audience;
- Participate in group environment as well as in a larger community.
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Becker, Howard S. 2007. Telling About Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Harper, Douglas. 1988. “Visual Sociology: Expanding Sociological Vision.” The American Sociologist, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.54-70.
Turner, Victor W., and Edward M. Bruner. 1986. The Anthropology of Experience. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Course co-ordinator and teachers
Sylvia J MartinAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Cultural anthropology, Media industries, Performance, Globalization and transnationalism, Participatory culture, Anthropology of work, Gender, Race and ethnicity, Ethnography
Tom McDonaldAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Anthropology, Consumption, China, Religion, Internet, Economics, Social relationships, Material culture, Media
Victor K W ShinAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Economic sociology, Organizations and institutions, Sociology of media and culture, Development and globalization
Wang LipingAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Political sociology, Social theory, Comparative historical sociology, Ethnic studies, Sociology of knowledge and culture, Modern and contemporary China
Au-Yeung ShingLecturerResearch interests: Cultural policy, Production of culture, Sociology of art, New media
Carmen K M TongLecturerResearch interests: Education and schooling, Gender and sexualities, Self and identity, Media and cultural studies, Human-animal relationships
Paul JoosseAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Social theory, Criminology, Terrorism, Religion, Social movements
Julie HamAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: Gender and migration, Sex work, Trafficking, Intersectionality, Domestic work, Civil society, Social justice