SOCY09002 2016 Social Locations: An intersectional approach
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.
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.
Learners will repeat either the presentation or the report with assignment guidelines provided.
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.
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).
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
|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
|Tutorial||Classroom Flexible Seating||Residential Learning||18||Once Per Module||1.20|
Online Learning Mode Workload
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