Dr Shaun Le Boutillier

Faculty Director of Studies

Principal Lecturer, Sociology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sociology

Courses taught: Sociology, Criminology and Sociology

Shaun's undergraduate teaching specialisms include the sociology of work, social theory, applied ethics, and political theory. He is also the convener of the new MA Sociology course and is responsible for contributing to the courses on social theory and crime in late modernity.

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shaun.leboutillier@anglia.ac.uk

Background

As Director of Studies, Shaun's primary responsibility is managing and monitoring students' academic development, but he has also lectured in Sociology and Politics since 1999.

Shaun's main research interests lie in the areas of social theory and ethics. His PhD, awarded by the London School of Economics, involved a philosophical examination of the relationship between society and the individual. He has written a number of articles on this topic including a publication in the British Sociological Associations' main journal Sociology. His recent work has focused on championing Anthony Giddens' structuration theory whilst critiquing theoretical trends towards critical realism or social emergentism. He is currently working on a sociological contribution to moral philosophy which uses key elements of social theory to explain moral agency.

He is co-author (with Pip Jones and Liz Bradbury) of the 2011 second edition of Introducing Social Theory, published by Polity Press.

Research interests

  • social theory
  • ethics

Teaching

  • sociology of work
  • social theory
  • applied ethics
  • political theory

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • MSc (Econ)
  • PhD (London)

Selected recent publications

With Jones, P. and Bradbury, L. Introducing Social Theory, Polity Press (2011)

'Emergence and Analytical Dualism' Philosophica (2003)

'Theorising Social Constraint' Sociology (2001)