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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This is a course in environmental anthropology, which explores theoretical ideas and major research areas in the field.  It is an excellent option for students taking an MRes in anthropology who have an interest in environmental themes.  It is also a great choice for students from other disciplines whose work is concerned with human-environment relations.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Whitehouse

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This core course for the MSc in People and Environment will be structured around four sections. The first section will provide an introduction to ecological and environmental anthropology, exploring key issues, theories and debates in the history of the field. The remaining three sections will focus on three broad sub-themes: environmental perception, human-animal relations and anthropology and conservation. These are areas of particular research strength at Aberdeen but between them they also draw on a wide range of approaches and themes, including phenomenology, political ecology, indigenous rights, applied anthropology and aesthetics.

Further Information & Notes

Students will gain:

•         An appreciation of the history, themes and debates within environmental anthropology.

•         An appreciation of how anthropology can contribute in distinctive ways to an understanding of environmental issues and questions and also how it can intersect with other disciplines.

•         A grounding in core areas of expertise in environmental and ecological anthropology at Aberdeen.

•         An understanding of methodological and theoretical approaches in environmental anthropology.

•         An opportunity to read a wide range of texts in the field in depth and to develop an appreciation of how to scrutinise, adapt and communicate the ideas contained within.

•         A chance to develop their own interests within the field in a coordinated manner that intersects with staff interests within the department.

•         An opportunity to develop general anthropological and academic skills in reading, interpretation, oral presentation and writing.

One two-hour seminar per week; occasional short field trips within northeast Scotland (sites will be selected to be accessible to students with disabilities, if necessary).


100% coursework – Three 3000-word essays

Course not running 2015/16

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 7 - 17

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2 x essays (4,000 word) 50% each

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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