Undergraduate Course: Indigenous Peoples of Lowland South America (SCAN10047)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to present an ethnographic vision of indigenous peoples of lowland South America as authors of their own lives, as opposed to previous anthropological approaches which frequently viewed indigenous peoples as determined by either the environment or European colonialism. In doing so, it builds upon a body of recent ethnographic work which has sought to understand practices of kinship, historical memory, politics, subsistence, language, and shamanism from the perspective of indigenous ontologies, or reflections on the nature of being in the world. Such an approach provides a framework for an understanding of both broad regional similarities, but also important differences and particularities within the region.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Analyse broad regional similarities in indigenous ways of life and modes of thought.
- Analyse differences and particularities in ways of life and modes of thought within the region.
- Recognize the complexity of relations between indigenous peoples and nation-states.
- Critically evaluate the development of ethnography of lowland South America and its relevance to the development of anthropology as a discipline
- Demonstrate the relevance of indigenous thought to the critical evaluation of European epistemologies.
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|Course organiser||Dr Casey High
|Course secretary||Miss Katarzyna Pietrzak
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162