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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Social Anthropology (LLLJ07020)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to Social Anthropology by exploring what it means to be human through studying cross-cultural diversity. Students will learn how to think anthropologically and to see the world that surrounds them from a different perspective.

This is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.
Course description This course will provide an introduction to Social Anthropology by examining some of the discipline's core debates. Engaging with anthropological classics and contemporary works, students will learn how to think anthropologically and to see the world that surrounds them from a different perspective. The course briefly investigates what social anthropologists do, and how the discipline has historically emerged and changed throughout its existence. Students will then explore what it means to be human through a comparative study of key themes such as personhood, gender, kinship, food, exchange, ritual, belief, and citizenship. Tutorial discussions and interactive practical tasks will enable students to gain a strong sense of cross-cultural variety and to critically reflect on their own society or culture.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate awareness of key anthropological concepts and concerns.
  2. Employ critical, analytical and reflective skills in understanding the values of one's own culture and those of peoples with different value systems.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of how an anthropological approach can be beneficial to an informed and critical understanding of the contemporary world.
  4. Critically assess ethnographic evidence.
Reading List
Eriksen, T. H., 2015. Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology. 4th ed. London: Pluto Press.

MacClancy, J., ed., 2002. Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

Additional selected readings:
Carsten, J. 2004. After Kinship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Evans-Pritchard, E. E. 1937. Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Mauss, M. 1990 [1950].The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies. London: Routledge.

Meigs, Anna S. 1976. Male Pregnancy and the Reduction of Sexual Opposition in New Guinea Highlands Society. Ethnology, 15 (4): 393-407.

Pande, Amrita. 2015. Blood, Sweat and Dummy Tummies: Kin Labour and Transnational Surrogacy in India. Anthropologica 57 (1): 53-62.

Van Gennep, A. 1960 [1909].The Rites of Passage. London: Routledge & K. Paul.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course students should have strengthened their skills in: critical analysis; comparative study; participation in group discussion and practical tasks.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Maximillian Jaede
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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