Module title: Social Identities

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC10102
Module leader: Fiona McQueen
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module: SSC09105 Sexuality and Gender

Examples of equivalent learning:
Knowledge of social theorists Goffman, Bourdieu and Faucault and their understanding gendered identities.

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona McQueen
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs1 – 4: Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Each tutorial revolves around set readings and will incorporate student presentations and/or peer led discussions in order to enhance communication skills. Presentations or structured debates will integrate the core theoretical arguments drawn from the readings and discussions, enhancing understanding of the module. In order to prepare for tutorials, students will have to engage in extensive independent learning if they are to extend their engagement with the module. The embedding of writing tasks into tutorials will enhance students’ ability to précis and form part of the peer support that will be integral to the module.

Formative Assessment:
In week 5 students will be expected to submit an essay plan onto Turnitin via Moodle that outlines: the central argument to be made in the essay, the main theoretical concepts that will be used from this module (at least three) and the research articles they have found to provide academic evidence for their essay topic.

Summative Assessment:
A 2,000 word essay for 50% of the grade to be submitted during week 8 that will assess LO1 and 4. An exam for 50% of the grade in weeks 14 or 15 to assess LOs 2 and 3.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1 & 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Exploration of the debates around modernity and postmodernity in relation to identity formation in contemporary society. Theorists included are Giddens, Beck, Bauman, Castells, Foucault and Butler.
Alternative approaches to some of the polarised positions will be explored through the work of Bradley, Jenkins and Bourdieu. Throughout the module students will be expected to draw on historical, contemporary and (if appropriate) personal examples of identifications, in order to assess the continued relevance of the seminal theoretical propositions. This module focuses on different axes of identity in each weekly topic including national identities, consumer identities and the impact of the lifecourse.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Analyse the relative merits of sociological theories to identity.
LO2: Critically reflect on the processes associated with identification.
LO3: Compare and contrast the theoretical approaches to the lived experiences of different identity categories.
LO4: Develop existing scholarly skills in relation to critical analysis and the construction of argument.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC10102 Social Identities