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Rual Youth Suicide

Choose one of the case studies from topics 9 Rural youth suicide Use one or two theories or concepts from topics 3-8 to critically analyse and explore the case. Topic 4 - Inequality and the paradox of community: Inclusion and exclusion. Required readings attached: Bruhn, J. G. (2011). “Communities of exclusion and excluded communities: barriers to neighbouring.” The sociology of community connections (2ed). Springer, Dordrecht. pp.143-166. Dorling, D. (2010). “ ‘Exclusion is necessary’: excluding people from society.” In Injustice: why social inequality persists. The policy Press, Bristol. pp.91-144. Topic 5 - Communion and cohesion. Required readings attached: Bell, C. and H. Newby (1976). “Community, communion, class and community action: the social sources of the new urban politics,” In Herbert, D. and R. Johnson. Social areas in cities (eds). Wiley, London. pp.189-207. Gray, L., Stehlik, D., Lawrence, G. and H. Bulis (1998). “Community, communion and drought in rural Australia.” Journal of the Community Development Society, 29(1), pp.23-37. Each of the cases mentioned must draw on one of the required readings from Topic 9 Rural Communities – Required readings attached: Bourke, L. (2003). “Toward understanding youth suicide in Australian rural community,” Social Science and Medicine, 57, 2355-2365. Sampson, K., Goodrich, C. and R. McManus (2011). “Rural families, industry change and social capital: some considerations for policy.” Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 37, 97-110. In your essay you will need to make a case for how ONE or TWO of the theories, concepts or ideas explored can help explain, interpret or solve the problems presented in the case study. You may choose to argue that theory, concepts or ideas do not help you understand the case. Your essay will need to be carefully structured and researched. Ensure that you have conducted further research in sociological literature to show your understanding of the issues in the case and the idea, concept or theory you are using to interpret the case. Rationale One of the main tasks of the community analyst is to apply theory to real world examples. When a sociologist undertakes such a task we look to the existing research about a subject and try to establish what the social and cultural problems are in the context we are trying to understand. When we apply theory, we quite often find that we need to apply or use a combination of theories. Sometimes the theory that we apply can help us not only understand what is going on, but also give us a solution to the problems people in the context (or event) are facing. Your essay is therefore asking you to think about a particular theory (or theories) and investigate what that theory can and can't say about a particular case. Effectively, we are asking you to analyse and evaluate a case study, and think about a theory or theories critically. Another reason you are asked to write this essay is because sociologists need to have good communication skills, particularly writing skills. We rarely get the opportunity to present our findings to a group of people face to face, instead having to write our ideas, assessments, analysis and conclusions in either reports or journal articles. Sometimes we have to write to the people we are studying in order that they are informed of what we have discovered as well. Therefore, writing skills are very important to the sociologist. We need to be able to argue that what we have discovered is reasonable, reliable and worth knowing; we also need to be able to argue that the solution we have found for a group of people is a better option than what they have now, or might be told by someone else. Therefore, being able to write down our critical thinking and argument in a way that other people can understand becomes very important. Marking criteria Your essay will be assessed according to 8 Standards: 1. Knowledge and understanding of theory or theories. This is your chance to show that you have met learning outcomes 1 and 2. That is you are able to understand the structure, processes and factors influencing social life in communities and can examine these sociologically. 2. Knowledge and understanding of the case study. This standard is your opportunity to show that you can identify problems in communities (Learning outcome 3) 3. Application of the theory to the case study. This standard refers to the your capacity to use theory to assess problems in communities and use sociological ideas to solve those problems (learning outcome 4) 4. Capacity to assess the merits of a theory (analysis) and its value to the case (application). Here we are looking for how well you can say you can analyse sociologically (learning outcome 2) and use the theory and concepts (learning outcome 3). 5. The structure of your essay (logic of your argument). In all our involvement with communities, we need to be able to communicate clearly and logically. Thus, writing style and communications skills are important parts of being able to solve problems. This assessment is therefore an opportunity to develop those skills and directly relates to identifying community problems and solving or alleviating the affect of them (learning outcome 3). 6. Quality of your additional research. As sociologists working in communities, we often need to understand a broad range of existing research and ways others have responded to problems. By being able to research widely in quality peer reviewed literature we are better equipped to deal with these problems. It also means we can justify our judgements and make an argument for our intervention or action (analysis and evaluation). Thus it is important to be able to access quality research. Achieving well in your research means you can show you have met learning outcomes 3 and 4. 7. Writing (paragraphing, sentence structure, clarity). Again, communicating with people is important and high level writing skills helps to do that. By developing your writing you are again showing you have met learning outcome 3. 8. Referencing and formatting (APA style, always referenced where and idea is presented that is not your own). As sociologists and community analysts, we need to be able to acknowledge where our ideas came from, therefore good referencing is essential for being a good sociologist, and shows we have met learning outcome 2. Learning outcomes On successful completion of this subject, students will 1. Understand the structures and processes of communities, and the major factors determining community life; 2. Be able to sociologically analyse and research aspects of community life; 3. Be able to identify the roots of community problems and the contributions which elements of the social system make to them, and suggest ways of alleviating them; 4. Have acquired a sufficient intellectual basis to help them to work out programmes for improving quality of life in communities.
Choose one of the case studies from topics 9 Rural youth suicide Use one or two theories or concepts from topics 3-8 to critically analyse and explore the case. Topic 4 - Inequality and the paradox of community: Inclusion and exclusion. Required readings attached: Bruhn, J. G. (2011). “Communities of exclusion and excluded communities: barriers to neighbouring.
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