KEY ISSUES IN SOCIAL THEORY AND RESEARCH: MARGINALITY, NEOLIBERALISM AND THE STATE

ANT4COR

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject you will closely read an ethnography: Bourgois & Schonberg's Righteous Dopefiend (2009); a gritty urban monograph dealing with a community of marginalized and disenfranchised homeless addicts in San Francisco. Bourgois & Schonberg take the particular insights of their ethnographic field and use them to illuminate the larger issues of race, class, gender, femininity, masculinity, violence, humour, sadness, criminality and morality. Their work is also an example of a critically applied social science, in that the authors sought to influence policy in relation to health service delivery for homeless addicts. In exploring such themes Bourgois & Schonberg's work dissolves the putative divide between anthropology, sociology and development studies, and gives us concrete examples of some of the big-ticket concepts that you will be tackling throughout your Honours year.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Moran

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in one AHA or AHID or AHSS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject for Anthropology students and students undertaking joint Honours degrees that include Anthropology

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced writing and critical thinking skills

Activities:
Seminar activities, including small group discussions, annotated bibliography, small group presentations and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Demonstrate high level engagement with social theory for the social sciences

Activities:
Readings, seminar discussions, annotated bibliography, small group presentations and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Oral presentation (1500 word equivalent)25 01, 02
one 1,000-word annotated bibliography15 02, 01
one 5,000-word essay60 02, 01