Dr Terry Wassall
Principal Teaching Fellow in Sociology
I am the Principal Teaching Fellow in the School. My main teaching areas are social theory, research methods, criminology, globalisation and the environment. I supervise Phd students conducting research on globalisation and the environment. In addition to teaching and research I have had particular responsibilies for developing and supporting the use of computer and information technologies in teaching. I also manage the School's Public Sociology blog.
My main research interest is in the development of sociological theory. My approach is informed by the work of Zygmunt Bauman, Norbert Elias, Critical Theory and the Critical Realist perspective. Substantive concerns include the relationship between society, the environment and ecological processes with a particular focus on knowledge, science, ideology and global capitalism.
In addtion I am engaged in a number of projects investigating and developing e-learning techniques for supporting learning and teaching.
Presentations and papers on 'Web 2.0', social software and technology enhanced learning (TEL)
Promoting and supporting C&IT in the Curriculum: Bottom up meets top-down at the ALT-C 2001 Conference, Changing Learning Environments, Edinburgh, September 9-11, 2001.
Blogs and Wikis in Education:A WUN seminar in the e-learning series: Researching the Immediate World. University of Leeds. 16 March 2006
Web 2.0 and the Networked Learner: JISC RSC/YH E-learning Conference: Engaging the Digital Learner. National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford. 19th June 2006
Web 2.0, Personal Learning Environments and New Ways of Learning: The Learning Differently Conference. University of Central Lancaster. 26th - 30th June 2006
Using Weblogs as E-portfolios: JISC 1 day event: A Beginner’s Guide to E-portfolios. Leeds University. 27th March 2007
The Institutional Deployment of Web 2.0: JISC virtual conference Using Web 2.0 Technologies for Learning and Teaching. 30th April to 3rd March 2007.
Blending the learning and research ecologies: 5th Annual University of Leeds Learning & Teaching Conference: 10 & 11 January 2008.
I jointly supervise PhD projects that are sociologically based investigations of environmental issues and problems