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AT4038: MORE THAN HUMAN (2017-2018)

Last modified: 21 Jul 2017 13:02


Course Overview

This course explores new directions in how we think about humans and other species.  Recent years have seen an upsurge in interest in how the social sciences and humanities deal with animals, plants and other organisms and we scrutinise these cutting edge ideas in depth.  A lot of emphasis is placed on trying to think through real life encounters and issues, from a walk in the park to new revelations about life from the bottom of the ocean.  Although the focus is on anthropological work, the course should appeal to students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First 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?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AT4538 More Than Human (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course is focussed on relations between humans and non-humans, particularly animals and plants. A range of disciplinary approaches will be explored, including history, cultural geography, natural science and science and technology studies, as well as anthropology. The course involves advanced themes in environmental anthropology and will examine research that has emerged during the recent 'more-than-human' trend in the social sciences and humanities. Topics covered include theoretical approaches for bringing non-humans into the social sciences, the Anthropocene and multispecies ethnography, hunting and domestication, ethics and economics, technology, naming, engagement and detachment and the wider implications of a more-than-human anthropology.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students in Programme year 4.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt:

2 x essays (3,000 word) 30% each
Project (4,000 word) 40%

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided in a timely manner, in line with university guidance on assessment. The aim of feedback will be to explain to students how their mark was arrived at, what they have done well and what they can improve on.

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