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SOCI3080 Project: Focusing on Families

Module Overview

The module will be taken in semester 2 in association with the co-requisite module SOCI3079 Focusing on Families. The intention, as with other existing project modules, is to enable you to research in some depth, and on a group basis, a specific issue or topic within the area covered by the co-requisite module.through secondary analysis of an existing, anonymised qualitative family-related data set. The module enables you to get to grips with a new methodology and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular family-related topic, and its relationship to the wider theoretical, conceptual and empirical material in the family studies field addressed in the SOCI3079 co-requisite module. This module contributes to a shift in your final year towards a focus on active and independent enquiry on both an individual and group basis. This final semester group work project is an intrinsic part of this overall strategy, and allows for the assessment of written work produced on a group basis and then delivered through formal presentation. The module enables you to demonstrate your understanding of the research process gained over the course of your degree programme and to reflect back on the new insights gained from undertaking that process in a new context. That context will be to develop and demonstrate the valuable skills of scoping a set of existing resources, identifying what is available and what it is possible to do with those resources, and then putting them to new uses. It is an important transferable asset to be able to ‘add value’ to an existing investment in resources. Equally importantly the module helps you to build a range of transferable soft skills that will be of value to you in different work and education environments when you graduate. Teamwork is central to the successful completion of the module. As a group you will need to communicate effectively with each other, divide up and allocate tasks, set deadlines and meet those deadlines, resolve differences and problems and learn to compromise. Your experiences of group work on the module can provide useful material for your CV and job interviews. Second producing a final report and presentation provides useful practice for workplaces where you may have to submit a report or other written document, and then be expected to present it to a committee or panel. It is an important transferable skill to be able to ‘speak to’ a paper. Third, presenting as a group provides an opportunity for you to gain confidence in public speaking in a relatively informal and supportive environment. Finally a central focus of the module will be on your developing the skills to critically reflect on your experiences and learning. The ability to reflect critically is an invaluable skill in many areas of work and is key to performing well in job interviews.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The intention, as with other existing project modules, is to enable you to research in some depth, and on a group basis, a specific issue or topic within the area covered by the co-requisite module through secondary analysis of an existing, anonymised qualitative family-related data set.

Learning Outcomes

Syllabus

Examples of the type of project, based on secondary analysis of qualitative data, that might be undertaken include the application and exploration of concepts of: • construction and use of definitions of family • family practices, negotiation and display • family—state boundaries • family and work • rationalities in family life and relationships • intimacy and individualisation • care

Special Features

Assessments are based on accessing, downloading and secondary analysis of archived data

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will be divided into small groups. At the beginning of the module, you will discuss with the module tutor the topic that you are to research and how to access an appropriate set of data. Groups will meet independently to plan their research, allocate tasks, etc., and will meet fortnightly with the module tutor to review progress. (In addition, groups may consult informally with the tutor at other times, as required.) Groups will produce a project report and make formal presentations on their research and findings in week 12 of the semester.

TypeHours
Teaching10
Independent Study140
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Mark awarded on group basis. Proviso: registered student who fails to participate in group activity will be awarded mark of zero

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (20 minutes) 35%
Project report  ( words) 65%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: SOCI3079

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