KEY ISSUES IN SOCIAL THEORY AND RESEARCH
Credit points: 30
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.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Moran
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesSeminar activities including small group discussions, annotated bibliography, readings, small group presentations and essay.
Prerequisites Enrolment in either Bachelor of International Development Honours degree (AHID), or Bachelor of Arts Honours (AHA) with a major in International Development
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Special conditionsCore subject for International Development Honours students.
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Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith
SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 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 campus with video-conferencing, in order to accommodate regional students
Oral presentation (2000 word equivalent)
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one 1,500-word annotated bibliography
one 5,000-word essay