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DTC Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2015

The following seminars will run during the Michaelmas term 2015, and all DTC students are eligible to attend.  Please contact the relevant Department for more information or to register.

DepartmentSeminar Title and SpeakerDetails
Business Studies TBC TBC

Legalizing Homosexual Conduct: The Wolfenden Report and the Sexual Offences Act 1967

Professor Paul Rock, Department of Sociology, Mannheim Centre for Criminology, LSE


Thursday 12 November 2015, 17.30

Seminar Room B3, Institute of Criminology

(a drinks reception in the basement foyer will follow the seminar)

Economics TBC TBC

Theory, methodology and design in STeM research

Professor Kenneth Ruthven

Historically, while both mathematics and science education originated as research fields motivated by professional concerns to 'reform' and 'improve' educational provision, they have now developed much broader -and often parallel- agendas. As the overview by Kelly and Lesh illustrates (which I shall summarise in the session), research approaches in these fields have been influenced not just by broader trends in educational research, but by an aspiration to develop methodologies tailored to their distinctive needs. Both fields, however, continue to draw not just on general educational (and broader social scientific) perspectives but on those distinctive to, or distinctively about, their focal discipline of mathematics or science; finding an appropriate equilibrium remains a crucial issue explored in Lijnse's critique of Anglo-American science-education research from the viewpoint of Continental-European subject didactics. The papers by Lawson and by Lerman et al. offer broader analyses of change over time, taking contrasting approaches to examining how theory and methodology have developed in the two fields. In the session, we shall discuss these issues in the light of the required reading, and relate them to the approaches to theory, methodology and design that participants are adopting in their own research.

Required reading

Lijnse, P. (2000). Didactics of science: the forgotten dimension in science education research? In R. Millar, J. Leach & J. Osborne (Eds.) Improving science education: the contribution of research (pp.308-326). Buckingham: Open University Press.

Lawson, A. E. (2010). How "scientific" is science education research? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47(3), 257-275.

Lerman, S., Xu, G., & Tsatsaroni, A. (2002). Developing theories of mathematics educational research: The ESM story. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 51(1-2), 23-40.

Further reading

Burkhardt, H., & Schoenfeld, A. H. (2003). Improving educational research: toward a more useful, more influential, and better funded enterprise. Educational Researcher, 32(9), 3-14.

Clark, C., Brody, M., Dillon, J., Hart, P. & Heimlich, J. (2007). The messy process of research: dilemmas, process, and critique. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 12, 110-126.

Kelly, A. E., & Lesh, R. (2000). Trends and shifts in research methods. In A. E. Kelly, & R. Lesh (Eds.) (2000). Handbook of research design in mathematics and science education (pp. 35-44). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Tuesday 17 November 2015 14.00-18.00 

Room 2S5, Faculty of Education

Geography N/A - Physical Geography seminar topics during Michaelmas term

Global Economic Development and the Anthropocene

Professor Gareth Austin, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Thursday 03 December 2015, 17.00

Trinity Hall Lecture Theatre

Land Economy A list of all seminars open to DTC students can be found here.

Linguistics TBC TBC
Politics and International Studies

Dark Water: Security in the Black Sea Region

Over a year after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, this panel seeks to explore the existing dynamic in the Black Sea region, from border security, international law, and energy security issues.


  • Vice Admiral Ian Corder, UK Military Representative to NATO and the EU
  • Ms. Anna Dolidze, Deputy Defence Minister, Georgia 
  • Dr. Slawomir Raszewski, Department of War Studies, Kings College London


  • Mr. Bruce Clark, Religion and Policy Blog Editor, The Economist

Thursday 15 October 2015, 17.00-18.30

Cripps Court Auditorium, Cripps Court, Magdalene College


The Order of Gendered Words in a Phrase: When and Why It Constitutes Gender-Biased Language

Dr Selin Kesebir, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School


Tuesday 27 October 2015, 13.00

Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Department of Psychology

(tea and coffee will be available at 12.30 in the Nick Macintosh seminar room, 2nd floor of the Psychology Department)

Social Anthropology TBC TBC
Sociology TBC TBC