Dissertation Pro-Seminar

Term: Spring 2013

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 6125

The aim of this seminar is to provide advanced graduate students in the Dept. of Sociology an opportunity to spend the entire semester drafting and revising copies of their field statements, dissertation prospectus and grant applications to external funding agencies (i.e. SSRC, NEH). During the first few weeks of the course, students will have an opportunity to study-analyze field statements, doctoral proposals and grant fellowships from graduate students and faculty members in our dept. During the next several weeks we have invited grant officers from several New York City based foundations to discuss the internal, behind the scenes workings of the grant evaluation process. During the remainder of the semester, students will take turns presenting and commenting on each others’ work; by the end of the course, each member of the workshop is expected to have a final version of their statement, prospectus or grant application completed. Along the way we will be also spending a couple of meetings reflecting on the relationship between ‘author’ and ‘text,’ that is, on writing practices as an attempt to gain intellectual ‘author-ity,’ as well as some of the fundamental differences between critical, reflexive scholarship (as exemplified in the work of M. Walzer, P. Bourdieu, L. Boltansky and other influential scholars) and other forms of academic writing.

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