NS4402: Social Identities

NS4402: Social Identities

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Social Identities
Module Code NS4402
Module Tutor Charlotte Parker
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

Through an exploration of classical and contemporary accounts of 'identity', this module offers an introduction to race/ethnicity, masculinity/femininity, social class, body image, youth/age, sexualities, work roles, family roles. The module is intended to extend students' appreciation of the scope and relevance of sociology, by offering introductions to themes and topics such as gender and class, which will be explored in greater depth at levels 5 and 6 of the sociology course.

Indicative Syllabus

Classical sociological perspectives on socialisation and identity formation

Prejudice, the social construction of the Other and the social organisation of difference

Individual and collective identities constructed on race/ethnicity; social class; masculinity/femininity; feminism/patriarchy; youth/age; (dis)ability; sexualities; identity politics; consumption

The body and social identity

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical considerations in the conduct of sociological research 
2. Use qualitative data to describe a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within sociology 
3. Identify key sociological theories relevant to social identities 
4. Understand auto-ethnographic contributions to the concept of identity  

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 264
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Group work, presentation: 20 minutes
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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