SO4007 - Biography, Identity and Everyday Life

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What will I learn on this module?

• You will develop and apply sociological knowledge and skills associated with qualitative research interviewing: the use of visual material in social research, analysing qualitative data and research ethics.

• You will develop knowledge and understanding of how social identities are formed and affected by agency and the negotiation of social structures (such as ideologies and hierarchies and organisational, social, economic, historical and political processes, contextual and social change).

• You will demonstrate theoretical understanding in relation to social structures and social identity.

• You will develop skills associated with the clear presentation of qualitative biographical research.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures will be used to provide a broad overview of the key themes and theories which underpin the sociological imagination, changes to the way in which work and employment has changed and is changing and theories pertaining to this. Seminars will be used to clarify and discuss key issues raised in lectures in depth, utilising case studies and students’ experience as well as related reading.

The module will be supported by Blackboard on online reading lists in order to encourage students’ independent use of learning materials.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Students will be supported by the teaching team through seminars and Blackboard, supplemented by one to one tutorials and email. All students will be given contact details and office hours for the teaching team to enable them to book tutorials and ask questions by email.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge and Understanding
An understanding and application of theories which refer to social structures and social identity

Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of how social identities are formed and affected by agency and the negotiation of social structures.

Intellectual/professional skills and abilities
The application of sociological knowledge and skills associated with qualitative research interviewing: the use of visual material in social research, analysing qualitative data and research ethics

Personal Values and Attributes
Understanding of diversity, social inequality, social structures and research ethics.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment 1: (20%)
A twenty question in-class on line assessment which tests knowledge and awareness of ethics social research as defined by the British Sociological Association and British Criminological Association’s Guidelines on Research Ethics.

Assessment 2: Photo Essay (80%)
A 2,500 word photo essay which critically explores the relationship between agency and structure in the construction of identity.
The student will be required to follow research ethics guidelines in order to carry out a qualitative interview with a person in order to investigate their biography.
The essay will include three photographs or images which are chosen by the interviewee and used in the interview to facilitate a process of photo elicitation to illustrate and explore their sense of identity.
The essay will enable the student to demonstrate critical, analytical and theoretical skills and knowledge associated with social research and sociological thinking in order to explore the relationship between structure and agency in the construction of identity.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module offers students the opportunity to ‘do’ sociology through sociological research and analysis and the application of social theory. The module supports students in the preparation of ethical qualitative biographical research which uses photographs to explore the construction of social identity.

Students will develop and apply a range of professional skills and knowledge: research techniques, awareness of the role of the visual in research, analysis and research ethics. At the same time they will be supported in applying social theory to real world events and the lived experience.

What will I learn on this module?

• You will develop and apply sociological knowledge and skills associated with qualitative research interviewing: the use of visual material in social research, analysing qualitative data and research ethics.

• You will develop knowledge and understanding of how social identities are formed and affected by agency and the negotiation of social structures (such as ideologies and hierarchies and organisational, social, economic, historical and political processes, contextual and social change).

• You will demonstrate theoretical understanding in relation to social structures and social identity.

• You will develop skills associated with the clear presentation of qualitative biographical research.

Course info

UCAS Code L300

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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