Journal article

Regulating sociology: Threshold learning outcomes and institutional isomorphism

Karen Farquharson

JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

This article examines the adoption of threshold learning outcomes (TLOs) for academic disciplines in Australia as an example of institutional isomorphism. It is argued that the type of sociology embedded in the TLOs values the sociology of the metropole and that, while the TLOs are broad enough to allow for individual sociology departments to continue to teach their own version of sociology, they further institutionalise the norm that sociology is about metropolitan theory and methods. Nevertheless, these isomorphic processes may serve to positively legitimise and institutionalise sociology, potentially enhancing the discipline's position in higher education. © 2013 The Australian Sociologic..

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