Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module critically explores the idea of home as a socio-cultural concept. Using an interdisciplinary approach, broadly located in sociology, it asks a number of questions about the meaning of home.Students will explore ideas of home as 'nation' and critically assess ideas of belonging. The module also focuses on 'belongings' and how objects/places/cultural narratives of home help to shape notions of identity and belonging, particularly examining migration/change but also looking more broadly at the links between possessions and social identity. We examine also 'pathologies' of home - in other words, what happens when the ideal of home 'fails' or cannot be met? Examples include home as a place of danger, horror, threat, isolation and work, as well as comfort - both sociological and criminological perspectives will be used to explore what 'home' means. The idea of comfort in 'things' will be examined exploring sociological, cultural, anthropological and psycho-social ideas such as order, cleanliness, taste, culture, and various dimensions of the management of 'stuff': collecting, disposing, hoarding, messing, dirtying, and loss.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/soc-30032/lists
To provide a sociological and cultural approach to the understanding of concepts of homeTo teach a comparative and interdisciplinary approach in order to better interrogate the salience of the everyday notion of homeTo enable students to apply conceptual knowledge of home to real world exemplarsTo allow engagement with a distinctive interdisciplinary and emergent research literature
Intended Learning Outcomes
assess sociological perspectives upon the notion of `homeż: 1explore interdisciplinary approaches to ideas of home, including but not limited to anthropology, cultural geography, social psychology, philosophy, political theory, cultural studies: 1unpack the notion of home, reflecting on concepts such as household, taste/status, nation/locality, belonging, dwelling, comfort/discomfort, 'stuff', representations/narratives and security: 1describe and debate the strengths and weaknesses of interdisciplinary research on ideas of home: 1apply central concepts in the literature to different cultural narratives/texts, 'real world' and professional contexts of home: 1develop knowledge of a particular sub-field of the literature in order to apply this to an example from wider culture, policy, practice or further research problem: 1
22 hours contact - 11 lectures / 11 tutorials40 hours tutorial preparation28 hours independent study60 hours assessment preparation
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
EssayStudents will write a 2500 word essay in response to a selection of questions.