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Course Overview

Students taking this course will be encouraged to reflect on how anthropology is both part of the history of colonialism and of empire. Through a range of case studies drawn from around the world, the course will consider how the history of anthropology is related to the histories of those who inform the discipline. Students will also ask how anthropological knowledge can be used to critique colonial histories. The course is taught through lectures and tutorials which allow students to develop a deeper, practical and applied understanding of the topics raised in the course.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Alistair Brown

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Course Description

This course will explore the synergy between anthropology and history as it has been situated in a colonial world order. It will address five core topics: History and Anthropology; Kinship and Gender; Science, Environment and Resource Extraction; Museums and Collection Histories; Oral Histories and Cultural Erasure.

Further Information & Notes

It is recommended that students intending to continue with Anthropology at honours level take this course in conjunction with AT2008 Colonialism Reimagined.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%). Continuous assessment is comprised of one 1,500 word essay (40%) and two short commentaries (10%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written feedback will be provided for continuous assessment work. This will normally be provided within three weeks of the submission date. Oral feedback on class presentations will also be provided where appropriate.

Course Learning Outcomes


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