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Undergraduate Course: The Anthropology of Death (SCAN10034)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIs death a universal of the human condition or a culturally bound habit of thought? Focusing on a variety of ethnographic contexts, the basic aim of this course is to explore some of the ways in which death has been (re)presented in order to be resisted or embraced. As this exploration revolves around the 'discourse' of anthropology, manifested in the changing theoretical attitudes towards the ethnography of mortuary rites, it also attempts to highlight a deeper affinity between the 'reality' of death and the anthropological quest for comparative knowledge.
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:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework assessment (20%) plus long essay of 3000-3500 words (80%)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will gain a clear understanding of the issues and debates that animate the anthropology of death
  2. They will be able to appreciate that much of what we call ┐culture┐ or ┐society┐ is embodied in our response to death
  3. They will be capable of utilizing a number of death ethnographies to engage critically with a variety of important comparative concepts (i.e., personhood, exchange, embodiment, self, etc.) and reflect on the project of anthropology as a whole
  4. They will recognize the main differences and similarities between the various theoretical approaches to the comparative study of death and engage critically with them
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Dimitri Tsintjilonis
Tel: (0131 6)50 3934
Email: D.Tsintjilonis@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
Email: layre@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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