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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA3001: Debates, Issues and Practices

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Barry, A. and Born, G. (eds) (2013). Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences. London and New York: Routledge.

Frickel, S., Albert, M. and Prainsack, B. (eds) (2017) Investigationg Interdisciplinary Collaboration. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Lury, C. et al. (eds) (2018). Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Methodology. London and New York: Routledge.


Anthropology and Interdisciplinarity

Bendix, R.F., Bizer, K. and Noyes, D.  (2017). Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy. University of Illinois Press

Engelke, M (2017). Think Like an Anthropologist. Pelican

Hendry, J. (1999). An introduction to social anthropology: Other people’s worlds. Macmillan.

Monaghan, J. and Just, P. (2000.) Social and cultural anthropology: A very short introduction (Vol. 15). Oxford Paperbacks.


Sociology and Interdisciplinarity

Alexander, Jeffrey C., Kenneth Thompson, and Laura Desfor Edles (eds). (2012). A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Society in Transition (Second Edition). Boulder, London: Paradigm Publishers.

Bauman, Z. and May, T. (2001) Thinking Sociologically. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Polity

Elias, N. (1978) What is Sociology? New York: Columbia University Press

Giddens, Anthony (ed.) 1992. Human societies: An Introductory Reader in Sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press. 

Lemert, C. (2012) Social Things: An Introduction to the Sociological life, 5th edition, London: Rowman & Littlefields

Karen O'Reilly (2009) For interdisciplinarity and a disciplined, professional sociology, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 22:2, 219-232, 

Burawoy, M. (2013) Sociology and Interdisciplinarity: The Promise and the Perils. Philippine Sociological Review, 61, 7-20.

Lyle, K. Shaping the Future of Sociology: The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity beyond the Social Sciences. Sociology, 51, 1169-1185.


Philosophy and Interdisciplinarity

Crowley, S.J., Gonnerman, C., and O’Rourke, M. (2016), ‘Cross-Disciplinary Research as a Platform for Philosophical Research’, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 2(2):344-363

Hoffman, M.H.G., Schmidt, J.C., and Nersessian, N.J. (2013), ‘Philosophy of and as interdisciplinarity’, Synthese, 190(11):1857-1864

Frodeman, R. (2013), ‘Philosophy dedisciplined’, Synthese, 190(11):1917-1936

Mäki, U. (2016), ‘Philosophy of interdisciplinarity. What? Why? How?’, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 6(3):327-342. 

 Priest, G. (2006), ‘What is Philosophy?’, Philosophy, 81(316):189-207

Dotson, K. (2012), ‘Well, Yes and No: A Reply to Priest’, Comparative Philosophy, 3(2):10-15


Criminology and Interdisciplinarity

Walsh, A. and Ellis, L. (2006). Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Sage

Ellis, L., R. Hartley and Walsh, A. (2010) Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Rowman & Littlefield

Young, J. (2011) The Criminological Imagination. Polity.

Jefferey, C. R. (1978). Criminology As An Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science. Criminology, 16, 2, 149-169.


Science and Technology Studies and Interdisciplinarity

Biagioli, M. ed. (1999).The Science Studies Reader. Routledge.

Hess, D.J. (1997). Science Studies: An Advanced Introduction. New York University Press,

Latour, B. (1987). Science in Action, Open University Press

Sergio Sismondo, S. (2003). An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Blackwell.

Dear. P. and Jasanoff, S. (2010). Dismantling Boundaries in Science and Technology Studies, Isis: Journal of the History of Science in Society 101(4):759-774

Frodeman, R.; Thompson Klein, J.; Mitcham, C. y Tuana, N. (2007): “Interdisciplinary studies in science, technology and society: New directions: Science, Humanities, Policy”, Technology in Society, 29, 145-152.

Calvert, J. and Schyfter, P. (2017). What can science and technology studies learn from art and design? Reflections on ‘Synthetic Aesthetics’. Social Studies of Science, 47(2): 195–215.