KEY ISSUES IN SOCIAL THEORY AND RESEARCH

SOC4COR

2015

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-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

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

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Acceptance by Honours convenors of application to enrol in the Sociology and Anthropology honours program

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

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

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, 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 01, 02
one 5,000-word essay65 01, 02