Michel Foucault’s work has been influential in a wide range of disciplines. SOCI515 is a module that introduces students to the uses of Foucault’s theory and method within the social sciences. The module is structured to provide an insight into the ways Foucault’s technique and methodology have been taken up in sociology and applied to social research. Focusing on problematisation as the cornerstone of Foucault’s methods our aim is to reconsider the status of ‘reality’ and the role of experts in the production of social scientific knowledge.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
This module is taught primarily through a lecture and seminar and your own independent study. The sessions will develop, through discussion, the substantive themes and issues raised on the module. Sessions will be organised around key questions, case studies and group discussion. Students are encouraged to keep abreast of issues pertinent to the module by reading relevant academic publications (including journals). Everyone should read the appropriate articles and chapters to prepare for the session. We encourage you to take an active role in your learning at all times. The importance of using your independent study time cannot be over-stressed; the module is taught on the assumption that 50 hours will be spent studying its subject matter, only a small proportion of which will be spent in the lecture and seminar group. The remainder should be spent reading and preparing for your seminars and, ultimately, your essay.
Module Communication Please contact the module leader, Dr Nicole Vitellone N.Vitellone@liv.ac.uk during office hours or email with questions.
Learning Activities This module will help you to develop the following skills: library and study skills, including notetaking; thinking in a critical/evaluative manner; working independently and in a group, essay preparation and time-management.
Reading There is no set text that covers the scope of this module. For each session there is a selected reading list. Do not treat these as either exhaustive or mutually exclusive and refer across reading lists. You are strongly encouraged to make use of recent journal articles when preparing for your essays. There are some web-based materials that are appropriate, but you should bear in mind that others are not. Any web-based material must be referenced in full, citing the author of the article or resource, date of web publication, the title, website address in full and the date you accessed the resource. Weekly Seminar Readings and are available on Canvas for you to download.
Module Assessment: The module will be assessed via a 1,500-word essay.
Essay Question: With reference to Foucault’s method of problematisation outline the uses of Foucault’s approach for social scientific research.
Assignments must be submitted by 2pm on the relevant submission date. Submissions made after 2pm on that date will incur late submission penalties. Please note that this module requires online only submission of written assignments. This means that you are required to submit one electronic copy of your assessed work through TurnItIn. Paper copies will not be accepted. Your submission is not complete until the online copy has been received, and failure to submit an electronic copy will result in your work being treated as non-submission of the relevant assignment and you will be penalised accordingly.
Further information regarding the Department’s assessment policies and procedures can be found on the Student Intranet here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/sociology-social-policy-and-criminology-student-intranet/ug/
If you are in any doubt about our assessment policies and procedures, you can get in touch with the School’s assessment and policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them at the School Office in the School of Law and Social Justice Building.
Late submission and failure to submit
If you submit coursework late 5% of the total marks available for the assessment will be deducted for each working day after the submission date, up to a maximum of five working days*. The mark will not be reduced below the pass mark for the assessment and work assessed below the pass mark will not be penalised for late submission. After five days, your mark will be reduced to zero. However, if you are unable to submit your coursework by the submission deadline due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances then you are entitled to request exemption from late penalties for any coursework that has the opportunity for late submission.