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SP10206: Thinking and working cross-culturally: Introduction to social analysis of development

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • 25% Essay (ES 25%)
  • 75% Essay (ES 75%)
Supplementary Assessment:
SP10206 Reassessment Only (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take SP10204 or you must be a student in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.
Aims: To introduce students to the key concepts used in social analysis of development contexts.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the unit students should:
* have a basic understanding of the main approaches which characterise Sociology and Social Anthropology
* be able to describe a range of ways in which class, race/ethnicity and gender have been understood by classical and contemporary theorists, and use these concepts in exploring inequality and difference in practical contexts
* be able critically to discuss debates concerning groupings such as the family, household and community, their basis in 'nature' and/or 'society'; their existence as simple units, and divisions of interest within them
* be familiar with key formative concepts used in analysing social life, such as: structure and agency; social processes, social order and social relations; production and reproduction; inclusion and exclusion; culture and identity.
* be familiar with several specific developing country contexts.

* read and critically discuss sociological and anthropological texts (taught and assessed)
* use of some tools employed in social analysis in the context of development interventions: eg stakeholder analysis, gender planning frameworks (taught)
* relate academic theories to own experience and events in the world.

Content: Analysing social inequality: class, race/ethnicity, gender, disability. Analysing forms of solidarity: families, households and communities. Combining introduction to some of the classical theorists with analysis of the contemporary situation. Encourages students to reflect critically on their own experience of living in society and consider how this is the same and how different from that of people living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Programme availability:

SP10206 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)

SP10206 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB14 : BSc(Hons) Applied Social Studies (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 1)


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