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.
Guidance and Training Notes
- The Institute for Academic Development provides support materials and courses for Tutors and Demonstrators, which you are encouraged to take advantage of.
- IAD Learn resources (Learn self-enroll course)
- Quick guide
- Our Tutors' Manual (see below) provides information about courses and their administration, terms and conditions of tutorial employment, and practical tips and guidance on tutorial teaching. SSPS Tutors' Manual (2017-18 final)
- Tutor Induction Power Point Presentation Part 1 and Part 2 (admin)
- New Tutor Training: Guidance Notes and Power Point Presentation
Please also see our separate sections for