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Postgraduate Anthropology 2021-2022

AT5029: SUPERVISED READING I

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The course comprises a programme of readings that will be devised in advance through consultation between student and supervisor, in light of the student’s intended research interests. The student will write a 3000 word essay on the readings.

AT5032: RESEARCH IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY 1 (EXTENDED)

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Research in Social Anthropology 1 (30 credits, first semester) will provide a broad introduction to the discipline of social anthropology at postgraduate level. We will discuss the history of social anthropology, its position within the social sciences and the humanities, the nature of anthropological theory and further themes in contemporary anthropological research. Coursework will comprise of a 5000 essay on a topic to be decided in consultation with the student’s supervisors.

AT5033: RESEARCH SKILLS IN ANTHROPOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course allows students to learn about and practice research skills in social anthropology through a series of workshops. It will encourage reflexive awareness of the role of research skill, technique and methodology in the discipline. Topics will include the history of methods in anthropology, participant observation, writing fieldnotes, interviews, analysis, and working with media technologies, historical resources and museums. Case studies of how these skills are combined in practical fieldwork will be held. Students will be expected to bring any previous experience of anthropological fieldwork to bear on the discussions, and to develop ideas for their future research practice.

AT5043: RESEARCHING MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Research and interpreting artefacts is core to many aspects of museum work. This course gives students experience of working directly with the collections of the University Museums. By preparing an in-depth study of one artefact, students will develop skills in close observation of artefacts and of sourcing archival and secondary information. They will also learn how to apply current approaches to working with material culture, drawn from anthropology, history and museum studies, to museum collections.

AT5044: MUSEUM PRACTICE

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

"Museum Practice" examines some of the key issues facing museums today and how they are responding. The course will consider critically professional practices of collections management, care and documentation, examining the social, political and ethical issues within which they operate. The course is taught by a team of academic and professional staff, making use of the University's museums, including exhibitions, collections and conservation facilities and activities.

AT5050: MUSEUMS AND THE DIGITAL WORLD

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Given the expanding use of the Internet and new media forms, museums are re-evaluating their relationships with their audiences as well as their relationships with collections. This course introduces students to a wide range of digital technologies as they relate to museums e.g., online exhibitions, smart phone apps, and 3D imagery. Students will examine the impact and consequences of using digital approaches, and the implications for museums and their users of these rapidly changing technologies.

AT5526: THE MUSEUM IDEA

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Why do human beings collect and what is the purpose of museums? ‘The Museum Idea’ examines these questions by focusing on the history and philosophy of museums and relating these to contemporary museum practice. The course will examine the role of museums in society through case studies of exhibitions and other museum projects in a variety of settings, including art, history and ethnographic museums.

AT5531: RESEARCH IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY 2 (EXTENDED)

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Research in Social Anthropology 2 (Extended) (30 credits, second semester) will discuss key topics within social anthropology. These may include religion, politics and the state, environmental anthropology, the anthropology of the north, creativity and knowledge, medical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, oral traditions, media, or museums, amongst others. Following the class each week a student-led seminar will be held to discuss the issues raised. Coursework will comprise of a 5000 essay on a topic to be decided in consultation with the student’s supervisors.

AT5532: RESEARCH DESIGN AND PRACTICE IN ANTHROPOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a range of conceptual and philosophical issues that are relevant to research design in anthropology, and will enable them to write their own research proposal. Taking its lead from critiques of knowledge production in anthropology, it will describe how the contemporary discipline has been shaped by the interplay of objectivity and subjectivity, the representation of the anthropologist and their informants, and new forms of ethical practice. Students will be enabled to respond to these trends by designing research in ways that are both theoretically informed and politically aware.

AT5555: NAVIGATING THE MUSEUM WORKPLACE: CAREER PORTFOLIO PROJECT

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Students will undergo a course preparing them for the museum as a workplace, involving input from a variety of practitioners at different career stages and in different areas within the museum sector. They will complete a 6,000 word Career Portfolio as their assessment.

AT5906: SCOTTISH TRAINING IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH (STAR)

15 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a week-long residential course undertaken in partnership with the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow. MRes and pre-fieldwork PhD students in Social Anthropology are normally required to attend. Students will take part in a series of lectures, seminars and workshops related anthropological methods and disciplinary practice. Specific topics will vary from year to year but may include participant observation, fieldnotes, documentary research and the ethics and politics of anthropological research.

AT5908: MUSEUM STUDIES DISSERTATION

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

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AT5910: DISSERTATION IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

60 credits

Level 5

Full Year

This is a compulsory element on the MRes Social Anthropology programme.

AT5912: CURATING AN EXHIBITION

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The ‘Curating an Exhibition’ course leads to the creation and opening of an exhibition for the University’s museums. Working together as a team, each student also takes on a specific role, including research, writing, design, installation, marketing, working closely with professional members of museum staff. The course makes extensive use of the University’s internationally-important museum collections and gives students an opportunity to reflect on an important aspect of museum practice.

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