Core Module Information
Module title: Social Identities (Hong Kong)

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

Module code: SSC10602
Module leader: Fiona McQueen
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

In this module you will discuss aspects of social identities including aging, gender and intimacy, social class, ethnicity and racialised identities, national identities, stigmatised identities, consumer identities and postmodern identities. Each week will include a discussion of one aspect of social identities, research that relates to the topic and one main theorist of identity. Some of the theorists included are Goffman, Bourdieu, Giddens, Anderson and Baudrillard.

Included in each tutorial class will be discussion of research readings completed and 'methods experience' sessions which will provide opportunities to engage with research data and analyse this, connecting the themes emerging from the data to the lecture content for that topic.

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 through regular written exercises.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona McQueen
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1 – 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 to enhance communication skills. Presentations will integrate the core theoretical debates 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:
LOs1 – 4: Formative assessment will take place through the embedded written tasks in tutorials, throughout the trimester. You can also submit essay plans to the module leader by email.

Summative Assessment:
LOs 1,2, 3 & 4 will be summatively assessed (in week 14/15) through an essay of your own choosing, within certain parameters, focusing on your own social identity.

LOs 1,2,3 and 4 will be summatively assessed (in week 14/15) through an essay (2,000 words) focusing on how aspects of identity interact with the concepts of otherness and intersectionality.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
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 , WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 , WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC10602 Social Identities (Hong Kong)