In the 1960s, Jacques van Doorn started teaching (military) sociology as a formal, scientific discipline at the Netherlands Military Academy. Since then, the way military sociology was taught at the academy has seen a great number of developments; the philosophy of education at the academy changed into an interdisciplinary and problembased learning approach. These changes evolved into military sociology becoming a reco gnized perspective for analyzing military operations while being valued for its contribution to the functioning of future officers. With this shift, military sociology has developed a more pragmatic character. Even though theoretical development has sometimes been hampered by this preoccupation with pragmatics, in most times the blending
of theory and praxis has stimulated the development in this field of knowledge.