Capstone project in sociology
The Capstone Project is a six-credit compulsory course for major students in a sociological subject 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.
Students should take this course in Semester 1, however those with exceptional reasons (e.g. study abroad) may apply to the Department for special approval to complete the course in Semester 2.
Course learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students are expected to have the ability to:
a) demonstrate their sociological knowledge;
b) analyse a topic of study with critical and reflexive perspectives;
c) articulate their learning experience into a written paper, other forms of creative output or community activities;
d) communicate the outcome of their study and their sociologically informed views to a public audience;
e) participate in group environment as well as in a larger community.
|Work plan & process records||30%|
|Public engagement (at capstone fair)||35%|
Becker, Howard S. 1986. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article, with a chapter by Pamela Richards. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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
Paul JoosseAssociate ProfessorResearch interests: Social theory, Criminology, Social movements, Terrorism, ReligionSee full profile
Xiaoli TianAssociate ProfessorResearch interests: New media, Social interaction, Social studies of science and technology, Medical sociology, Comparative and historical sociology, Information and communication technology, Cultural sociologySee full profile
Sylvia J MartinAssistant ProfessorResearch interests: State, Empire, Creativity and imagination, Applied entertainment and storytelling, Digital technologies, Precarity, Performance, Globalization, FandomSee full profile
Maggy S Y LeeProfessorResearch interests: Transnational migration and cities, Criminology of mobilities, Crime and incivilities, Youth and ethnicitySee full profile
Carmen K M TongLecturerResearch interests: Education and schooling, Gender and sexualities, Self and identity, Media and cultural studies, Human-animal relationshipsSee full profile
Cho Li-FungLecturerResearch interests: Investigative journalism, Role of the state in transitional societies, Media corruption, Media and culture, Media and crimeSee full profile
Gary P F WongLecturerResearch interests: Contemporary China, Cultural history of Hong Kong, Henri Lefebvre, Media studies and popular culture in Asia, Public housing, Social mobilitySee full profile
Tom McDonaldAssociate ProfessorResearch interests: Anthropology, China, Credit/debt, Communications, Digital money, Internet, Social media, TechnologySee full profile