Master Class Re-making 'quality'within the social sciences

In this Master Class Alan Irwin will lead a discussion on how PhD students and postdocs at WASS negotiate the relationship between academic quality and larger societal value in their work. In what has become known as the ‘rigour-relevance’ debate Alan Irwin will explore with PhD students what dominant frameworks, often based on peer based articles, include and what they omit. Notions of responsibility, public value, cognitive justice and public engagement provide alternative, but characteristically neglected, means of (re-)framing quality in this context.

Organised by Sub-department Communication, Technology and Philosophy

Mon 4 March 2019 14:30 to 16:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN Wageningen
Room C62

As preparation students are asked:

  • to read in advance Alan Irwin’s paper Re-making ‘quality’ within the social sciences: The debate over rigour and relevance in the modern business school, following this link;
  • to prepare a half a page on how they see the relationship between ‘rigour and relevance’ in their own research. Are they the same, different, overlapping, irrelevant or what?

This will be used as the basis for an interactive discussion.

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Please note places are limited.