SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML526325
Module Leader Naomi Cochrane
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

Contemporary social work is increasingly undertaken with people whose individual lived experience is informed by challenges that cut across national borders. Many who come into contact with social work services face injustice linked to forced displacement, migration, civil unrest and environmental degradation in different parts of the world . These issues precipitate problems of citizenship and protection of rights. Given this increasing complexity, social workers require an understanding of the role of environmental, political and economic factors as much as social justice in the context of a globalised world which presents new and fast moving challenges. This module will encourage students to grapple with uncertain and multifaceted concerns by providing an understanding of these issues through theory and research as well as a field work assignment which requires students to apply this knowledge to a live context.


Introduction to ethnography; fieldwork, Etic and Emic Perspectives Introduction to semiotics Ethics of field work Use of Databases Intersectional Theory Gender Theory Social and Environmental Justice Controversy Analysis Introduction to theories of place and community Migration and Forced Displacement Border Imperialism Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Plan and execute a significant piece of ethnographic field work2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of discrimination, disadvantage and oppression3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the politics of borders and the relationships this has with colonialism, migration, displacement and racism.4. Demonstrate critical understanding of social and cultural theory and an ability to apply this to live situations5. Demonstrate originality and creativity in the Production and presentation of a case study using a variety of media

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This programme will take a multimodal approach to teaching and learning. This will promote engagement with research and theory and its application to live contexts. The following activities will be included: Lectures Seminars Computer lab work Fieldwork - visits to community organisations and their neighbourhoods Use of media (Film, sound and images) Digital media tools - controversy analysis Group activities/presentations

Indicative Reading

Ahmed, S (2012) On Being Included racism and diversity in institutional life , Durham, Duke University Press. Anzaldfaa, G.E. (1999) Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza , San Francisco : Aunt Lute Books Bhambra, Gurminder K. 2014. Postcolonial and Decolonial Reconstructions in Connected Sociologies . Bloomsbury Academic Crenshaw, K, Gotanda, N, Peller, G & Kendall, T (1996) Critical Race theory: the key writings that forms the movement , New York, The New Press Delanty, G (2010) Community , Abingdon, Routledge Fraser, N (2013) Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalising world, New York, Columbia University Press. Fraser, N & Honneth, A (2003) Redistribution or Recognition? A political philosophical exchange , London, Verso Gray M, Coates, J & Hetherington, T (2013) Environmental Social Work , Abingdon, Routledge Harvey, D (2009) Social Justice and the City , University of Georgia Press Hetherington, T., Coates, J., Gray, M., & Bird, M. Y. (2013). Decolonizing social work . Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. Hill Collins, P. & Bilge, S (2016) Intersectionality , Cambridge, Polity Ingold, T 2011, Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description . Abingdon, Routledge Ingold, T & Vergunst, J (eds) 2008, Ways of Walking: Ethnography and Practice on Foot . Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception, Ashgate , Aldershot, United Kingdom. Mohanty, C. T. (2003). Feminism without borders: Decolonizing theory, practicing solidarity . Duke University Press. Shachar, A (2009) The Birthright Lottery: citizenship and global inequality , Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press Thomas, H, Ahmed, J & Malden MA (2004 ) Cultural Bodies: ethnography and theory , Blackwell Tsing, A, Bubandt, N, Gan, Eand Swanson, H (2017) Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene , Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press Tsing, A (2015) The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins , New Jersey, Princeton University Press. Venturini, T. (2010). Diving in magma: how to explore controversies with actor-network theory. Public understanding of science , 19 (3), 258-273. Walia, H. 2014. Undoing Border Imperialism . Oakland: AK Press. Wilson, A. (2013) Situating Intersectionality Politics, policy and power , Basingstoke, Palgrave McMillan Wroe, L., Larkin, R., & Maglajlic, R. A. (2019). Social work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants: theory and skills for practice. Young IM (2011) Justice and the Politics of Difference , Princeton University Press

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Ethnographic skills of observation and documentation b7 Use of databases and statistics b7 Use of different media b7 Synthesising and presenting an argument b7 Analytical skills in debating contemporary issues

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Group presentation n/a 20.00 45% Group presentation
Narrated Powerpoint n/a 80.00 45% Narrated powerpoint 15 minutes