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Course Overview

The course explores concepts related to notions of movement and mobility, topical themes in contemporary anthropology. Students will be introduced to the following themes: roads, automobility, car cultures, migration, road narratives, and roads in film and literature. The course will rely on ethnographic material from the North, including Scotland.  Students will conduct original research on the theme of road. Course assessments include an essay and short submissions on topical issues related to roads and mobility. This course offers five documentary film screenings. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?


What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AT5539 Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration (Extended) (Studied)

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Course Description

This course explores the phenomenon of roads and focuses on the relationship between roads and other anthropological concepts, such as landscape, environment, narrative, knowledge and memory, gradually building up towards theoretical conceptualization of roads. The course will deal with the themes of mobility and migration, topical issues in contemporary world. The course will mainly rely on ethnographic material from the North, including Scotland.

Further Information & Notes

At the end of the course the students should be able to: - demonstrate a critical understanding of empirical research related to study of roads, movement, mobility, and migration; - understand major theoretical approaches to the anthropology of roads; - produce coherent and reasoned arguments in written work and class discussions about topics related to the anthropology of roads and subsequent themes.


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Continuous assessment: one 6000 word essay.

Formative Assessment




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