Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers (SCAN10042)
|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)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores ethnography of the world's hunting-and-gathering societies and the contributions made through this ethnography to anthropological theory and contemporary debate. Regions covered include Southern and Central Africa; Aboriginal Australia; the Arctic, Subarctic and Northwest Coast of North America; Indigenous South America; and Foraging Populations of South and Southeast Asia. Theoretical ideas and debates include notions of immediate and delayed-return economic systems, the 'original affluent society', the revisionist debate (on the extent and meaning of culture contact in historic periods), and the indigenous debate (on whether special rights should be accorded to hunter-gatherers by virtue of legally-defined indigeneity).
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
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students should be able to describe the lifestyles of a variety of hunter-gatherer peoples.
- Make meaningful comparisons within and between regions on aspects of hunter-gatherer culture.
- Formulate ethnographically-informed opinions on issues such as social development in hunter-gatherer communities.
- Engage in debate on theoretical issues in hunter-gatherer studies.
- Understand the relation of hunter-gatherers to wider issues in anthropological theory.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Alan Barnard
Tel: (0131 6)50 3938
|Course secretary||Mr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925