SA1901 - An Introduction to Anthropology
2022 to 2023 (Semester 2)
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Key module information
SCQF level 7
Only available to those enrolling on the MA Combined Studies or already enrolled on the MA/BSc General degree taken in the evening.
Wed 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Dr K L Lane
Dr Karen Lane
This module aims to introduce evening degree students to the subject of Social Anthropology. It combines an examination of some of the core theoretical debates of the discipline with close reading and analysis of some classic ethnographic texts. Students will learn about anthropological modes of thinking through case studies of particular cultures and societies around the world. They will also be introduced to the anthropological method of research and to some of the historical conditions for the subject's emergence and development over time. By the end of the module students will have a keen sense of what anthropologists do, how they look at the world and what terms of analysis they utilise. They will also have a strong sense of the plurality of cultures in the world and the limits of many aspects of their own society or culture. Anthropologists stress the importance of understanding other ways of life. It is this increased understanding of a shared planet that is the invaluable gift that anthropology has to offer.
Coursework = 100%
2 x 2,000-word Essays = 100%
Learning and teaching methods and delivery
1 x 2.5 hour session: lectures and seminars.
Scheduled learning hours
Guided independent study hours