Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Identity, Crisis and Transgression (Spr)

Module L4103B

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

How do we understand ourselves? How closely is our sense of self related to other people? What happens to a person's self-conception when their sense of self is systematically attacked and undermined? How do people respond to experiences of trauma and personal loss and what kind of psychological strategies of survival do people rely on in order to continue living a meaningful life? The module starts by considering some of the main social psychological theories of the self and self-awareness before moving on to contemplate the darker side of the self specifically addressed in the work of Erich Fromm and David Riesman. The lectures cover a range of influential social theorists and examine a diverse range of contemporary perspectives on the formation and maintenance of self-identity in contemporary society. The module examines why some individuals deliberately choose to engage in behaviour that transgresses everyday boundaries and also considers how people respond when their sense of identity is systematically attacked and undermined. Identity, Crisis and Transgression draws on a wide range of up-to-date research and introduces students to a variety of theoretical perspectives. This module assumes no prior knowledge of the literature and will be of relevance to anyone interested in studying the nature of identity in modern society.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of interdisiplinary research on identity

Apply theoretical arguments on identity to empirical examples

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of empirical research on identity

Critically evaluate recent theoretical arguments on the nature of self and identity, including understanding the limits of these arguments.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (10 minutes)30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111110
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

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