Second year module
Lecturer: Dr Deema Kaneff
This module introduces students to anthropology through case studies that focus primarily, although not exclusively, on Europe.
The module begins with lectures that familiarise students with the origins of the discipline, its specific methodology (ethnographic approach) and central concepts in the discipline (‘culture’, ‘society’, ‘ethnocentrism’ etc).
The remaining lectures will use case studies in order to look in detail and comparatively at central domains of social life; producing and consuming (economic activities); controlling and resisting (political relations); believing and celebrating (religion and ritual); and relating and belonging (the anthropology of kinship). Systems of inequality (including globalisation, a topic examined from the local perspective) are also covered. Through these domains of social life, and the case studies which are used as examples, students will also be introduced to different social science theories and the particular ways in which they are used in the anthropological discipline.
By the end of the course students will
Understand the core concepts and methods in anthropology
develop an appreciation and understanding of human diversity through an examination of contemporary ethnographic studies
gain an understanding of European societies through comparative study
develop an ability to think critically and comparatively about European practices as socially constructed phenomena
appreciate the importance of local perspectives in understanding wider - global phenomena
Term One: 1 essay x 1,800 word assessed work (45%); Quiz (5%)
Term Two: 1 essay x 1,800 word assessed work (45%); Quiz (5%)