Undergraduate Course: Social Anthropology Year Abroad Assessment (SCAN10065)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Course type||Year Abroad
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Students will be asked to discuss anthropological issues with reference to their year overseas
This course allows students overseas to demonstrate knowledge of anthropology within the local context of their overseas placement. Students will be encouraged to consider a range of anthropological themes under supervision of staff in Edinburgh. Indicative theories and themes to be covered in students┐ discussions with their Edinburgh supervisors and in their summative assessments are as follows:
* Theories of Kinship: Year Abroad students are not able to take the core 3rd year anthropology course Kinship. Students will therefore be encouraged to focus for one of their essays on anthropological approaches to this topic. Theories of relatedness, New Reproductive Technologies, surrogacy, gay kinship, marriage and the role of substance and memory in kin relations will be of particular relevance.
* Theories in Economic Anthropology. Year Abroad students are not able to take the core 3rd year economy anthropology course Consumption, Exchange, Technology. Students will therefore be encouraged to focus for one of their essays on anthropological approaches to economy. Theories of gift exchange, global capital, money, poverty/inequality, alternative economies, corruption and consumption will be of particular relevance.
* Theories of Religion: Year Abroad students are not able to take the core 3rd year anthropology course Ritual and Religion. Students will therefore be encouraged to focus for one of their essays on anthropological approaches to religion. Theories of ritual, shamanism, New Age religiosity, prophecy, meditation and spirit possession will be of particular relevance.
* Fieldwork Techniques. In advance of their 4th dissertations, Year Abroad students will be asked to consider the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of qualitative research techniques including but not limited to interviews and "participant observation". Prior case studies will be analyzed as a means of developing and refining students' own approach to field research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2 long essays (3,000-3,500 each), 50% each.
||Detailed discussion over Skype with -and written feedback from -- supervisor in Edinburgh of essay plans in advance of both assessments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Research skills acquisition in an overseas setting
- Critical engagement with a range of anthropological theories
- Understanding of the culturally specific nature of anthropology in a particular overseas setting
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jacob Copeman
Tel: (0131 6)50 6860
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Bannister
Tel: (0131 6)51 5572
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