SOC07011 2017 Culture, Comparison and Context

General Details

Full Title
Culture, Comparison and Context
Transcript Title
Culture, Comparison, Context
Code
SOC07011
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
SOC - Sociology
Department
SOCS - Social Sciences
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Karin White
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics
Description

This module will present a wide range of classic case studies studying people's universes both 'at home' and 'abroad'. By attempting to explain  people's diverse ways of living we may develop an empathetic understanding of what at first seems strange or bizarre to us, and additionally develop awareness and a questioning mind in relation to our own societies and beliefs. Investigating different cultures, placing them into context and comparing them, this module will challenge ideas of what is considered natural about 'human nature' and look with a fresh eye on what is being taken for granted, with a view of developing a critical perspectiveon the challenges currently faced by humans in contemporary societies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Demonstrate skills in cross-cultural understanding, translation and comparison, which will be of advantage in a broad range of professional settings.

2.

Demonstrate some facility in the use of the repertoire of key concpts and approaches of cultural analysis.

3.

Display the ability to question cultural assumptions.

4.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural relativity in relation to people's experiences of living.

5.

Display empathetic understanding of, and reflection on,  the impact of ethnocentrism and provide alternative perspectives.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be introduced in lectures to classic ethnographies and case studies addressing individual concepts in the study of culture. Students will apply those to their own studies presented in tutorials.

Module Assessment Strategies

There will be a final essay to assess the learners' understanding of key concepts of the module. Furthermore, students will present their own studies in paired/individual presentations.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project will be based on failed component(s).

 

Indicative Syllabus

Demonstrate skills in cross-cultural understanding, translation and comparison, which will be of advantage in a broad range of professional settings.

Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of different cultural perspectives, values and practices and how to respond within  a cultural sensitive framework

Demonstrate some facility in the use of the repertoire of key concepts and approaches of cultural analysis.

Students will apply their learning from classic ethographic writings to their own study of diverse cultures.

Display the ability to to question cultural assumptions.

Students will explore their own attitudes towards diverse cultures, beliefs systems and conceptsin order to recognise and question their own cultural givens.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural relativity in relation to people's experiences of living.

Students will consider cultural determinants of perspectives on sexuality, goals and values, economy, law, ethics, kinship, beliefs and more.

Display empathetic understanding of, and reflection on, the impact of ethnocentrism and provide alternative perspectives.

Students will endeavour to create awareness of their own cultural biases and how to address those biases in a meaningful manner.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Cultures in Context Continuous Assessment Essay 50 % Week 12 1,3,5
2 ethnographic project Project Individual Project 50 % Week 12 2,4
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1976 Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande Oxford, Clarendon Press

Recommended Reading
1995 Small places, large issues: an introduction to social and cultural anthropology London, Pluto Press

Recommended Reading
2000 The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill. London, Routledge

Recommended Reading
1985 Peotics of manhood Princeton

Recommended Reading
1983 Traveller-Gypsies Cambridge Univerity Press

Recommended Reading
1987 Whalsey. Symbol, Segment and Boundary in a Shetland Island Community Manchester University Press

Recommended Reading
1980 Knowledge and Passion among the Ilongot Head Hunters Cambridge University Press

Recommended Reading
2005 Myth and Meaning Cambridge Univerity Press

Module Resources

Additional Information

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