Core Module Information
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

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

Description of module content:

Exploration of the debates around identity and power are central to this module in which you will focus on otherness and belonging,
Theorists included are Collins, Bourdieu, Bhaba, Castells, Foucault and Giddens plus many others.

Throughout the module you will be expected to draw on historical, contemporary and (if appropriate) personal examples of identification and otherness, 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 ethnicity, class, gender, national 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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
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 you will have to engage in extensive independent learning if you are to extend your engagement with the module. The embedding of writing tasks into tutorials will enhance your ability to précis and form part of the peer support that will be integral to the module.

Formative Assessment:
By week 6 you will be expected to submit an essay plan for one part of the summative assessment 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 and the research articles they have found to provide academic evidence for their essay topic.

Summative Assessment:
Two 2,000 word essay each for 50% of the grade to be submitted during week 14 that will assess LO1 to 4. Part B will address otherness and power while Part A will address the self - both will be 2,000 words long.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1, 2, 3, 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC10102 Social Identities