European Societies: a cross-cultural perspective

Centre for Russian and East European Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 21809

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester Full Term

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

This module introduces students to anthropology through case studies 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 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 covered. Through these domains of social life and the case studies which are examples, students will also be introduced to different social science theories and the particular ways in which they are used in the antropological discipline.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 3,000 word summative essay (45% each), in class presentation (10%).