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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Guidance for Tutors

Welcome to tutoring in the School of Social and Political Studies.

The School offers semester-length courses in the subject areas of Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology and Sustainable Development. These provide the main core of tutorial employment, although tutors also support some honours level courses. 

Tutors are essential to the delivery of high quality teaching in SPS.  We aim to guide students away from passive absorption (or non-absorption) of lecture material, towards a more active self-education. We want to encourage students to read widely and investigatively, to observe their environment carefully and in new ways.  We want to develop their confidence to think and argue for themselves about what they find in books or in the world around them. Moreover, we want students to value and be engaged in the particular subject material they are studying in Social and Political Science.  Tutors play a crucial role in realising these goals.

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