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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

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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.


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 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 35

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

Continuous assessment: one 6000 word essay.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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