SOC8044 : Being, Belonging and Identity

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

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 ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The 2-hour seminar and group learning slot is intended to combine substantive material with illustrative material and will also incorporate segments of student-led seminar work based on set readings.

Teaching sessions are flexibly designed to incorporate a wide range of methods, including lecture input, seminar discussion, workshops, student presentations, film screenings, as appropriate to the material and in response to the needs of the student group. Teaching groups are small enough to enable discussion which can include significant amounts of formative feedback.

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

Students have the opportunity to explore one topic in some depth, to read around the topic, and to marshal sources to advance an argument.

Reading Lists