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This course explores theoretical issues and key debates in contemporary anthropology. We begin with the questioning of the central concepts of culture and society in anthropology during the 1980s. Following this, we ask: how can anthropology proceed if the targets of its investigation can no longer be understood as objective entities? How can anthropology proceed if the anthropologist themselves is inevitably implicated in and part of those very targets? To look for possible answers, the course examines current anthropological interest in power and history, political economy and phenomenology, experience, embodiment and practice, ontology and things that speak.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
The course explores theoretical developments and current debates in anthropology. These are explored thematically. An emphasis is placed on students using theoretical ideas to analyse empirical, ethnographic material.
This course is an essential component of the Single and Joint Honours Anthropology degree programmes.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
Research essay (3,000 words) (30%)
Annotated bibliography (300-500 words + ten annotations) (15%)
Research journal (25%)
2 hour written exam (30%)
1 three-hour written examination (100%)
Feedback will be provided on essays both written and verbally. Feedback on projects will be provided throughout the course.