Module Details

SC523-7-AU-CO: Texts And Documents

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Sociology
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Professor Ewa Morawska
Teaching Staff: Professor Ewa Morawska
Contact details: Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873051, e-mail

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The know-how and practical experience of the critical assessment of documents and the ability to discern the action-inciting/hindering dimension of textual narratives are the integral components of the professional competence in qualitative research. In this seminar students will learn the skill of the external and internal criticism of a variety of documents involving an assessment of their authenticity, representativity, validity, and meaning(s). They will then apply this knowledge in the examination of a selection of personal and collective oral histories and memoirs, letters, photographs, official documents, media reports, and virtual outputs. They will also learn the critical analysis of the narratives as individual and group orientation- and practice-shaping cultural production on the example of historical and contemporary sources.

Module Requirements

include participation in class discussions and in-class exercises and a standard essay at the end of the term.

Learning and Teaching Methods


100 per cent Coursework Mark


one essay of 4,000 - 5,000 words

Other details

Essay Questions What kinds of information can one draw and what forms of critical assessment one must apply in using (choose one of the following) 1.Oral histories (individual or collective) 2. Photographies 3. Official reports 4. Scholarly studies 5. Newspaper reports 6. Virtual communiqués/reports Please use (and attach to your essay) a specific document to illustrate your points

Other information

No previous knowledge of mathematics or computing is assumed and the course demands no great mathematical skills.


  • Reading Material
  • Books (available at Waterstones and the Sloman Library)
  • - Paul Thompson, The Voice of the Past. Oral History. Oxford University Press 2000
  • -Katharine Hodgkin and Susannah Radstone, eds. Contested Pasts. The Politics of Memory. Routledge 2003
  • -Jane Elliott, Using Narrative in Social Research. Sage Publications 2005
  • -Christine Hine, Virtual Ethnography Sage Publications 2001
  • Course Reader (to be purchased on line and collected from Ms Michele Hall, Sociology's Graduate Administrator, Room 6.339)
  • Texts & Documents (SC523-7)

Further information