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AT3522: SOCIETY AND NATURE (2014-2015)

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Course Overview

Through a series of lectures and a mix of tutor and student led tutorials, this course will interrogate the division between society and nature. We will examine where the division came from, how it informs many understandings of humans and the environment, and whether we would be better off disposing of it altogether. Examples of the impact of this construction will be provided but students will be encouraged and expected to seek out their own and to do their own research which will then be brought back to the course through lively tutorial discussions resulting in peer and tutor feedback.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Robert Wishart

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Course Description

The course interrogates the distinction between society and nature by examining several topics including wildlife management, protected places, ritual regulation, climate change, energy, and animal rights. Each topic will be examined to provide a historical examination of anthropology's engagement with it as well as the challenges it presents today.

Further Information & Notes

This course will be available in the second half-session of 2014/15 as AT3522.

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: One 2,500 word essay (50%) and 1 three-hour written exam (50%).

Resit: 1 three-hour written exam (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students will be able to develop their ideas and learning by presenting a tutorial on problem solving related to one of the course topics.

The essay will be formative by providing feedback.

Participation in tutorials will be formative as students will receive instant feedback on their ideas.

Tutorials on essay planning will help the students form researching and writing strategies.


Both the tutor and fellow students will provide feedback on tutorial presentations.

Essays will have written feedback for the student so that they can revise problem areas for their final exam.

Oral feedback on essay ideas and research will be provided during tutorials.

Students can request feedback on their exam.

Course Learning Outcomes


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