PhD – the basics: 3. Reading Critical Theory

This short series of sessions are designed for candidates commencing their studies. They cover some of the fundamentals of the PhD thesis, including research design, literature review, and the problems of supervision – all the things you will need to be thinking about as you begin your studies.

The sessions are informal and you are welcome to drop into them on an individual basis, or attend the entire series. Some of the topics may well be covered by your own institutions or department. You may, however, find a different angle on the same topic useful.

Reading Critical Theory – this session will explore strategies for coping with ‘difficult texts’: how to read them, and how to engage with them critically. We will explore the origins of critical theory, what critical theory is trying to do in relation to the task of the ‘critique’ of society, and the social production of meaning.

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