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Undergraduate Course: Belief, Thought and Language (SCAN10032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course surveys anthropological approaches and debates regarding core human practices of thought, belief, and language; this includes attention to the conflicts and resonances between both 'emic' metapragmatics, and academic accounts of these fields. Through a selection of ethnographic and theoretical texts, this course will explore issue such as:

a) The question of whether or in what ways human cognition might vary between groups, and the differing capacities that come from different modes of thought,

b) Whether 'belief' is a universal category and the ways in which belief might be differently organized in relation to objects of belief, and

c) Different ways in which language is imagined to 'work,' and whether language has a special relationship to either belief, thought, or both.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Anthropology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 165 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessed coursework (20% )and long essay (80%), both in a take home open book format.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will acquire expert and specialist knowledge the place of language in everyday social life and critical political innovation, and of ideas derived from linguistics and language philosophy in anthropological theorising.
  2. Students will acquire a strong sense of how social and political actors work language, and of the importance, scope and distinctiveness of anthropology's contribution to the cross-cultural analysis of language.
  3. Students will acquire valuable research skills to design and carry out empirical studies of language activity.
  4. Students will have active familiarity with classical linguistic and linguistic anthropological works and works relating to current debates, facilitating student aware of both when they come across these approaches and debates in the literature, and these phenomena in future field situations.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 50 minutes per week for 9 week(s).
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Magnus Course
Tel: (0131 6)51 3893
Course secretaryMr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
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