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SOC8044 : Being, Belonging and Identity (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Winkler-Reid
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to critically investigate sociological and anthropological approaches to, and uses of, identity and of subjectivity, drawing on a wide range of theoretical and empirical material. The module will introduce students to recent anthropological and sociological research on identity and experience, and to investigate social, cultural and political aspects of identity and of subjectivity. The module further aims to explore, anthropologically and sociologically, the processual and relational aspects of identity and of subjectivity, as well as to consider the relationship and the interaction between the individual and the social in regards to identity and to the self. The module will give students the opportunity to consider recent debates in this area, and to hone their analytic and writing skills. Areas covered may include:

Outline Of Syllabus

Areas covered may include:
Identity as a question Memory and narrative
Habitus and the socialized subjectivity Performing identity
Unconscious selfhood: psychoanalytic perspectives Self and other: issues of value
Nation, nationalism, class and belonging Assessment preparation

Note - these will change depending upon teaching team.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture100:305:00Non-synchronous (pre-recorded content)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading179:0079:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00PiP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The PiP workshop slot will enable inquiry-led engagement. Sessions will establish the foundations of the topic through discussion and group work before engaging in the process of question setting, data collection, analysis and argumentation through synchronous in-session group work, a-synchronous structured activities and independent learning and research. Canvas will be used as a platform for a-synchronous module engagement, pre-recorded content and discussion.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed through a research essay; students will answer a question (they have formulated) using this data and the literature they have engaged with.

Students will have the opportunity to answer a research question, read in-depth and marshal primary data and secondary sources to advance an argument.

Reading Lists