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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.


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

Seminar activities including small group discussions, annotated bibliography, small group presentations and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning(Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness(Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

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

Readings, seminar discussions, annotated bibliography, small group presentations and essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Life-Long Learning(Life-Long Learning)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"We require a room at Bundoora campuus with video-conferencing, in order to accommodate regional students"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Oral presentations2502, 01
one 1,500-word assignment1502, 01
one 5,000-word essay6001, 02