Undergraduate Course: Belief, Thought and Language (SCAN10032)
|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 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.
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.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- Students will acquire valuable research skills to design and carry out empirical studies of language activity.
- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||50 minutes per week for 9 week(s).
|Course organiser||Dr Magnus Course
Tel: (0131 6)51 3893
|Course secretary||Mr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925