Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
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 belonging; 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 some of the strengths and weaknesses of interdisciplinary research on ideas of home in accessible language intended for a public, specialist and/or policy audience: 1apply some of the central concepts in the academic literature to one of the following, focusing on a key topic: different cultural narratives/texts; 'real world' and public/specialist/professional/policy contexts; and/or significant concerns/examples of belonging/home.: 1present a policy-type briefing using professional standards to include: appropriate and consistent formatting/style/layout; reporting structure to include executive summary/recommendations as well as review of academic literature and focused case study.: 1
Active: 22 hours contact - 11 lectures / 11 tutorials4 hours supervised study/guidance sessions12 hours structured online activity6 hours collaborative online discussionIndependent:48 hours reading for seminar discussion18 hours background reading40 hours assessment preparation
1: Assignment weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
Policy briefing (max 3000 words or equivalent)Students will write a policy-type briefing (broadly interpreted) in response to a module-relevant topic. Full details will be specified in student guidance, to be based on applied independent research/reflection drawing upon module sources but presenting this as if for an informed public/policy etc audience; 3000 word maximum; and also should be minimum of 1000 words of written text plus relevant/necessary images eg. 200 words per image/graph. Professional presentation will be expected as part of the assessment.