Undergraduate Course: Culture and Power (SCAN10030)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces a range of anthropological approaches to politics. It provides a detailed examination of both open and hidden forms of power and their workings at the global, state, national, community, and personal level. Key themes of this course are the interactions between subjects, population and governance; nation states, citizenship, migration, territorialism and multiple ways of belonging and exclusion; colonialism and post-colonialism; forms of domination and resistance; discourses on human rights, and political violence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2-hour exam (70%), assessed coursework (20%) + Tutorial participation (10%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Culture and Power||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To have a clear understanding of the importance and scope of anthropology's contribution to the analysis of power and politics.
- To take an informed, anthropological perspective on issues of governance, citizenship, processes of democratization, protest, and the role of the state in a variety of ethnographic contexts.
- To identify and characterise key approaches from social anthropology, from other social science disciplines, and from interdisciplinary fields like cultural studies, development studies, and science and technology studies to understanding and evaluating issues concerning political anthropology as a sub-field, and identify advantages, problems and implications of these approaches
- To critically evaluate contributions to the academic and public debates regarding political issues in scientific, philosophical, and humanities-related inquiries in order to engage wider audiences regarding issues of human social and cultural difference
- To identify and evaluate a selection of techniques and procedures used in political anthropology and their relation to the formal techniques and procedures of anthropology and the social sciences generally.
|Course organiser||Prof Jonathan Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3944
|Course secretary||Mr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
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