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AT5510: ANTHROPOLOGY AND LANDSCAPE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 14 Mar 2017 16:11


Course Overview

The aim of the course is to address the relevance of landscape to method and theory in anthropology. It will allow students to draw upon analytical skills and knowledge gained in previous courses, and develop an anthropological approach to landscape in ethnography and human-environment relations. The course will creatively explore the tensions and overlaps between landscape as physical landform, as scenery, and as the site of human activities and journeys. Developing advanced themes in environmental anthropology, we will discuss the central place of landscape in ethnography. Topics covered include movement, memory and time, phenomenology and aesthetics.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Andrew Whitehouse

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

At the end of the course, students should be able to: • demonstrate understanding of major theoretical approaches to landscape in anthropology. • produce coherent and reasoned arguments in written work and class discussions about topics related to the landscape in anthropology. • demonstrate a critical understanding of empirical research related to the ethnography of landscape. • show an understanding of the importance of a comparative and critical approach to studying landscape. • effectively use the library and other information sources to research relevant theoretical and empirical material. • prepare material for leading and participating in seminar discussions. • work with fellow students in organising seminars and in commenting on each other’s work. • engage in self-directed learning, assisted by some formal guidance. • use a reflexive approach in their own work, involving balanced self-criticism and intellectual progression. The aim of the course is to address the relevance of landscape to method and theory in anthropology. It will allow students to draw upon analytical skills and knowledge gained in previous courses, and develop an anthropological approach to landscape in ethnography and human-environment relations. The course will creatively explore the tensions and overlaps between landscape as physical landform, as scenery, and as the site of human activities and journeys. Developing advanced themes in environmental anthropology, we will discuss the central place of landscape in ethnography. Topics covered include movement, memory and time, phenomenology and aesthetics. The course will draw on a wide range of materials including recent ethnographic and theoretical work in anthropology, and also texts from geography, environmental history and nature writing. Students will also be encouraged to consider art and photography that deals with landscape.

Further Information & Notes

Not running 2016/17

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

In-course assessment 100%.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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