Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
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.
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
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
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
Course maps and module descriptors from previous years can be found in the Course Resources Archive.