KEY ISSUES IN SOCIAL THEORY AND RESEARCH

DST4COR

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject you will closely read an ethnography: Bourgois & Schonbergs' 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 either Bachelor of International Development Honours degree (AHID), or Bachelor of Arts Honours (AHA) with a major in International Development.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject for International Development Honours students.

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:
Writing
Life-Long Learning
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Creative Problem-solving

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:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Life-Long Learning
Writing
Creative Problem-solving

Subject options

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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.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 10
One 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 10 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Oral presentations15 02, 01
one 1,500-word assignment20 02, 01
one 5,000-word essay65 01, 02