SOC-30032 - Home: belonging, locality and material culture
Coordinator: Rebecca M Leach Room: CBA0.017 Tel: +44 1782 7 33359
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

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.

To provide a sociological and cultural approach to the understanding of concepts of home
To teach a comparative and interdisciplinary approach in order to better interrogate the salience of the everyday notion of home
To enable students to apply conceptual knowledge of home to real world exemplars
To allow engagement with a distinctive interdisciplinary and emergent research literature

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

assess sociological perspectives upon the notion of `homeż: 1
explore interdisciplinary approaches to ideas of home, including but not limited to anthropology, cultural geography, social psychology, philosophy, political theory, cultural studies: 1
unpack the notion of home, reflecting on concepts such as household, taste/status, nation/locality, belonging, dwelling, comfort/discomfort, 'stuff', representations/narratives and security: 1
describe and debate the strengths and weaknesses of interdisciplinary research on ideas of home: 1
apply central concepts in the literature to different cultural narratives/texts, 'real world' and professional contexts of home: 1
develop 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

Study hours

22 hours contact - 11 lectures / 11 tutorials
40 hours tutorial preparation
28 hours independent study
60 hours assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
Students will write a 2500 word essay in response to a selection of questions.