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Undergraduate Course: The anthropology of landscape (SCAN10048)

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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
SummaryThis course examines the politics of place, space and landscape. The first half of the course explores how anthropology has developed different theoretical approaches to the study of landscape, including landscape as representation, the phenomenology of landscape and landscape as process. Throughout the course ethnographic works will be examined which illustrate the infusion of power in space, the contested nature of landscape, and the way in which landscapes both feed into and are produced by the complex plays of power and resistance at overlapping levels. The second half of the course focuses on particular themes that have emerged from the anthropology of landscape, including the relationship between landscape, memory and the past; landscapes of movement, migration and landscape learning; nature/culture, environmentalism and conservation; and urban landscapes. The last lecture will explore more recent debates about materiality, the agency of objects and how these can be usefully explored and deployed in a landscape context.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have prior study in Social Anthropology or closely related subject area; as a general guide we usually require students to have completed three courses at grade B or above.
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Learning Outcomes
! Knowledge and understanding of the complex and multifaceted ways in which landscape and environment are imagined, constructed, experienced and contested.

! Understanding of the role that ideas and knowledge of the place and space, nature & culture, landscape and environment play in the complex politics of identity and state-making, in colonial, postcolonial and nationalist contexts.

! Recognition of the way that place, space and landscape, in both ideational/discursive and material ways, can enable and limit the imagination/invention/constructions of the past, present and future.

! Recognition of how notions of the past, present and future inform, enable and limit the means by and through which landscape and place are understood, engaged with and managed,

! Understanding of the way in which such complex struggles over place and the past are both inscribed in and produce space and landscape.
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Course organiserDr Joost Fontein
Tel: 07753306778
Course secretaryMiss Katie Teague
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