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Course Overview

In this course students will be offered an extended introduction to social anthropology and will focus on topics: language and culture, belief and religion, gender and sex, kinship, and race. Students will develop and refine their understanding of major issues in the discipline of social anthropology through staff lectures, tutorials, and ethnographic films. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Johan Rasanayagam

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AT1501 Introduction to Anthropology 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will provide an extended introduction to the discipline of social anthropology focusing on how anthropologists understand cultural difference. Topics covered include language and culture, belief and religion, gender, sexuality and kinship, and development. Lectures and tutorials will encourage students to relate anthropological ideas and perspectives to a broad range of social and cultural issues.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%), in-course assessment (40%): one book review, one essay.

Resit: online assessment (100%)

Formative Assessment

Tutorial presentations, tutorial discussions.


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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