SOCY09002 2016 Social Locations: An intersectional approach

General Details

Full Title
Social Locations: An intersectional approach
Transcript Title
Social Locations
N/A %
Subject Area
SOCY - Society
SOCS - Social Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tamsin Cavaliero, Susan McDonnell
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_M09 201700 Master of Arts in Social Care & Social Justice SG_WSOCI_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Social Care & Social Justice SG_WSOCI_M09 202100 Master of Arts in Social Sciences

The aim of this module is to introduce learners to theories of intersectionality as an approach to exploring identities and social justice. Intersectionality is premised upon understandings of social locations as central to people’s lived experiences as influenced by the interaction of categories such as gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, disability/ability, migration status, etc. It further recognises that these interactions are situated within interconnected power structures including government, media and economics. Intersectionality, therefore theorises how forms of oppression and privilege such as patriarchy, racism, colonialism, homophobia and ableism arise. Intersectionality foregrounds the achievement of social justice through social processes, redistribution and equity.

Learning Outcomes

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


Examine the contribution of current intersectional research to students understanding of the multidimensional influences of social locations in people's experiences of privilege and oppression


Recognise the significance of social location in professional identity across a range of care and community contexts. 


 Familiarity with research and theory related to intersectionality 


Demonstrate an understanding of the application of intersectional principles


Critically apply multilevel analysis using intersectional principles to policy at local national and international levels.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


This module will be delivered in a blended learning format

· Introductory face‑to‑face class period

· Online lectures x 6 accompanied by discussion requirements on key learning points

· In class 18 hours period of teaching and learning

· Independent study by learners


Module Assessment Strategies

Presentation with accompanying documentation to assess learners understanding of key tenets of the module and their capacity to interpret their learning in the context of their particular work place. In particular, their awareness of the complexity of issues facing groups, individuals and families availing of services will be enhanced. Employers / supervisors are likely to be interested in students’ thinking about these current issues as they affect how services are able to access funding. The method of assessment chosen reflects current work and research practices where it is likely that you may be required to deliver a short presentation to employers, colleagues or researchers in other institutions. Such an assessment strategy enables learners to demonstrate their capacity to develop their own thinking in relation to frameworks for social justice work and engage with the practical challenges of initiating change in their own work setting.

Presentation 50%

Report 50%

Repeat Assessments

Learners will repeat either the presentation or the report with assignment guidelines provided.

Indicative Syllabus

Principles of intersectionality

Critical legal race scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw defined the term intersectionality in 1989, drawing on a history of scholarship among black and Latina activists and feminists. Students will be introduced to the existing literature on intersectionality as developed by writers from a range of disciplines addressing intersections between categories such as feminism, race, migration, ethnicity, colonialism, as they are shaped by power differentials.

Research and intersectionality

Students will become familiar with the principles of applying intersectionality to research. This approach to research acknowledges the co-construction and interaction of expressions of identity across a range of social locations, providing space for commonly unheard voices, utilising a multi-level analysis. Central to this perspective is an awareness of the potential of a social justice approach to transform social structures.

Embedding intersectionality

The significance of intersectionality within organisations will be addressed by exploring a number of intersectional models for social change (Mason 2010) and policy analysis (Hankivsky et al 2012).

Professional Identity

Intersectionality recognises the central role played by power in personal and professional relationships. Students will be invited to consider the importance of reflexive praxis as an aspect of professional identity.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Theories of intersectionality Practical Assessment 50 % Week 7 1,2,3
2 Applying theory to practice Project Written Report 50 % Week 13 4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Classroom Flexible Seating Residential Learning 18 Once Per Module 1.20
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.20 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Online lecture 3 Fortnightly 1.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

 Anthias, F. (2002) Where do I belong? Narrating collective identity and translocational positionality. Ethnicities 2(4) 491-514

Anthias, F. (2006) Belongings in a Globalising and Unequal World: Rethinking Translocations. In N. Yuval-Davis, K. Kannabiran and U.M. Vieten (eds.), The Situated Politics of Belonging. London, Sage Publications

Anthias, F. (2008) Thinking through the lens of translocational positionality: An intersectionality frame for understanding identity and belonging. Translocations: Migration and Social Change 4(1)5-20

 Ben - Moshe, L. and Magana, S. (2014) ‘An introduction to racegender and disability’. Intersectionality, disability studies and families of color. 2 (2) p:p 105-114.

Bishop, A. (2001) On Becoming An Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People. Zed Books. Second Edition.

Bradley, H. (2013) Gender. Key Concepts. Second Edition. Polity Press

Caldwell, K. (2010) ‘We exist: Intersectional’. Visibility in Bisexuality and disability. 30 (314).

Collins, P.H. (2009) [1990]. Black feminist thought: knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. New York: Routledge.

Crenshaw, K.W. (1995) ‘Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color’ in Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement (New York: The New Press, 1995), 357-383.

Crenshaw, K.W. (2003). Traffic at the crossroads: multiple oppressions. In ed. R. Morgan, Sisterhood is forever: the women’s anthology for a new millennium (pp. 43-57). New York: Washington Square Press.

Crenshaw, K. (2010)Close Encounters of three kinds: On teaching dominance, feminism and intersectionality 46 Tulsa Law Review 151-89

Dhamoon, R. (2011). Considerations on Mainstreaming Intersectionality. Political Research Quarterly. 64, 230-243.

El Saadawi, N (1997) The Nawal El Saadawi Reader London, Zed Books Ltd

European Commission (2014) Report of the implementation of the EU framework for National Roma Integration Strategies.

Jenkins, R. (2009) ‘The ways and means of power: efficacy and resources’, in S. R. Clegg and M. Haugaard (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Power, London: Sage, 2009.

Lister, R. (2003) Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lister, R. (2004) Poverty. Key Concepts. Polity Press

Lukes, S. (2005) Power: A Radical View. Second Edition. Palgrave Macmillan

McIntosh, P. (1999) ‘White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack’ in A. Kesselman et al. (eds.), Women: Images and Realities (Mountain View, CA, 1999) 358-361.

Miles, R. and Brown, M. (1989) Racism. Key Ideas: The Open University. Routledge.

Oprea, A. (2004) Re-envisioning Social Justice from the Ground Up: Including the Experiences of Romani Women. Essex Human Rights Review. Vol1. No. 1

Russo, A. (1991) ‘“We Cannot Live Without Our Lives”: White Women, Antiracism, and Feminism’ in C. Mohanty et al. (eds.), Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1991), 297-313 at 306.

Shields, R. (1991) Places on the Margins: Alternative Geographies of Modernity. Routledge

Stienstra, D. (2012) ‘Race/ ethnicity and disability studies: Towards an explicitly approach. IN: Watson, N, Roulstone, A and Thomas, C. Handbook of disability studies. Oxon: Routledge.

Teverson, A. and Upstone, S. (2011) Postcolonial Spaces: The Politics of Place in Contemporary Culture. Palgrave Macmillan

Trehan, N. and Kóczé, A. (2009) ‘Racism, (neo-)colonialism and social justice: the struggle for the soul of the Romani movement in post-Socialist Europe’ in Huggan, G. and Law, I. (eds) Racism Postcolonial Europe: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines

Woodward, K. and Woodward, S. (2009) Why Feminism Matters: Lost and Found, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Yuval-Davis, N. (2011) The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations. London, Sage.

Yuval-Davis, N. (1997) Gender and Nation. London, Sage

Yuval-Davis, N. (1999) Institutional Racism, Cultural Diversity and Citizenship: Some Reflections on Reading the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report. Sociological Research Online 4(1) Accessed May 14th 2011

Yuval Davis, N. (2006) Intersectionality and feminist politics. European Journal of Women’s Studies 13(3):193-209

Yuval-Davis, N., Anthias, F. and Kofman, E. (2005) Secure borders and safe haven and the gendered politics of belonging: Beyond social cohesion. Ethnic and Racial Studies 28(3) 513-535

Yuval-Davis, N., Kannabiran, K. and Vieten, U.M. (2006) The Situated Politics of Belonging. London, Sage