Social Anthropology Modules

Second Year

Theory and Ethnography

  • 20 credits

Ethnography and Theory covers essential elements of social theory for Anthropology, and anthropological theory for the Social Sciences and Humanities. It provides training in theories and theorists who have influenced anthropological thought and ethnographic research; and in the historical development of anthropological schools of thought, including those grounded in different national contexts, from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Research in Practice

  • 20 credits

This module prepares students for a final year dissertation and independent study in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology. It provides all students with a thorough grounding in research methodologies relevant to Anthropology and its cognate disciplines within African Studies (for instance history, literature, development). Students will gain knowledge of research design and implementation, research ethics, and independent study skills, and will also practise a selection of methodologies for assessment. At the end of the module, students will have prepared a suitable research proposal that could form the basis of their final year DASA dissertation.

Optional Modules

Examples of optional modules:

  • Urban Anthropology (20 credits)
  • Political Anthropology (20 credits)
  • Social Life of the Economy (20 credits)
  • Kinship, Gender and Sexuality (20 credits)
  • Anthropology of Migration (20 credits)
  • Ethnographies of the Marginalised (20 credits)
  • African Popular Culture (20 credits)
  • Religion and Ritual (20 credits)
  • Anthropology of Islam (20 credits)
  • Anticolonial, postcolonial, decolonial (20 credits)
  • Law, Rights and Justice (20 credits)
  • Africans in the Global Disapora (20 credits)