The global and the intimate: home cultures, belonging and personal life (008GS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

The meaning of home is often taken-for-granted as a mundane and trivial feature of everyday life, but this module you will explore its complexity in full.

Workshops focus on domestic practices of home in terms of:  

  • consumption
  • display and identification
  • the inhabitation of the embodied and sensuous home space
  • family
  • heteronormativity and gendered practices of home (un)making
  • the lifecourse and home as a site of childhood and ageing
  • the politics of housing and home, including displacement, domicide and homelessness
  • migration, belonging and transnational home-making.

Your studies of the representation of home in literature and film will be complemented by a trip to the Geffrye Museum of Home.


34%: Lecture
66%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Essay)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: