The Contextualised Self

Master Course Unit

SOSC6021 The Contextualised Self

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: Theories of Contemporary Society

Unit description

This unit locates the practitioner’s self within the dynamics of their professional environment. It examines theories of self, theories of organisations, and modes of engagement. It explores the inherent tensions between personal stance, professional identity and complex social systems. This unit builds on the work done in Theories of Contemporary Society, focusing on the self’s relationship to the broader systems and structures covered in the earlier unit.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • analyse, recognise and apply different models of engagement
  • identify and critique theories of the self
  • identify and critique theories of organisations
  • identify and differentiate between modes of discourse
  • demonstrate flexibility in communication strategies
  • critically reflect upon the connections between self and context of practice

Unit content

  • Connections
  • Theories of Self
  • Language, Reality and Meaning
  • Reflective Practice and Reflexivity
  • Professions and Professional Identity
  • Organisational Theories in Practice
  • Organisational Structures and their Discourses
  • Arationality in Organisations
  • Identifying Dynamics
  • Communication Frameworks and Styles
  • Regulatory Frameworks, Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Reckoning and Relativity

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Academic Essay




Case Study




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

No assigned textbook.

Relevant journals

European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Harvard Business Review
Human Resource Development International
International Journal of Organizational Analysis
Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Social Behaviour and Personality: An International Journal

Academic misconduct

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