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Undergraduate Course: Gender, Marginality and Social Change (SCIL10073)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe focus of Gender, Marginality and Social Change is on examining, through an intersectional lens, people¿s lived experiences, socially structured institutional arrangements and processes, and collective action.
Course description a. Academic Description
The focus of Gender, Marginality and Social Change is on examining, through an intersectional lens, people¿s lived experiences, socially structured institutional arrangements and processes, and collective action.

It aims at developing a better understanding of how these (re)create, challenge and transform marginality and oppression.
The course seeks to uncover different aspects of the gender politics of women¿s and social movements, the state, civil society actors, including the role of development NGOs and donors, in attempts to bring about social change.
The course draws on concepts and theories from gender studies, development studies, and critical and political sociology.

b. Outline Content
Week 1 Intersectionality and change
Week 2 Class politics, gender and patriarchy
Week 3 Questions of caste, race, colonialism and ethnocentrism
Week 4 Sexual politics and marginality
Week 5 Honour, religious identities and fundamentalisms
Week 6 Disability and the North-South knowledge dualism
Week 7 Empowerment, NGO-led development and feminism
Week 8 Migrant domestic workers and human rights
Week 9 Cultural memory and women¿s movements
Week 10 Course wrap up and feedforward for long essays
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Sociology or closely related courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  60
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 25% short essay and 75% long essay
Feedback Formal feedback on the short essay is provided within 15 working days of submission, with additional informal feedback for individual students who request it. Students are expected to reflect on this feedback and learn from it prior to embarking on the long essay. The course organiser sets the short and long essay questions. An opportunity for 'feedforward' on the long essay will be offered through an essay clinic in week 10.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of this course, students will have learnt about both the theoretical and practical applications of the concepts of intersectionality, marginality, rights and justice
  2. They will have become aware of the interplay between regional cultures and social change in terms of differential impact on women and men
  3. They will have developed an understanding of the value of comparative analysis
  4. They will have obtained skills in analysis, planning and reporting on contemporary development processes, social and political movements, and everyday social change, employing a gendered lens
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsgender,intersectionality,marginality,privilege,coloniality,social change
Course organiserDr Radhika Govinda
Tel: (0131 6)50 3916
Course secretaryMr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
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