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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Anthropology

Undergraduate Course: Social Anthropology 2: Into the Field (SCAN08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide a historical overview of anthropological thought and will be taught through an introduction to keywords that have helped to shape the development of social anthropology. The thematic approach is designed to be engaging and stimulating to students and to help to foster critical conceptual and theoretical thought. It will highlight the continued significance of key concepts and oppositions over time.
The course will be organized around the exploration of a cluster of linked keywords. Each year the course team will concentrate on 4 clusters chosen from the following: primitive and modern; science and romance; structure, function and process; society and culture; mind and materiality; time and change; the human and the environment. Lectures and tutorials will explore the place of each cluster of keywords in the history of anthropology, while providing examples of their continued importance in contemporary anthropology.

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Social Anthropology course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.

High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain a broad appreciation of different theoretical perspectives in Social Anthropology through an engagement with texts written by key thinkers in the discipline.
  2. Learn about intellectual histories within the discipline and will be able to identify schools of thought with anthropological authors. They will be able to identify these theories in ethnographic studies and assess them critically.
  3. Become familiar with key anthropological theorist and read sections of their work. By seeing ethnography in its theoretical contexts, students should learn to appreciate the complex interplay between data and theory, both in social anthropology and in the social sciences more generally.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus 1 tutorial per week, starting in week 2.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jon Bialecki
Tel: (0131 6)51 5534
Course secretaryMr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
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