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Course Overview

This course addresses the anthropological study of emotion and self. It covers the different theoretical approaches to emotion, self and subjectivity. The broad questions addressed revolve around the cultural construction of emotion and self, and the entanglement of psychodynamic processes and power in the formation of the subject. The topics covered include anger and fear, grief and compassion, personhood, technologies of self and subjectification, identification and melancholia.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Arnar Arnason

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  • AT3026 Emotion, Self and Society (Studied)

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Course Description

The course will address the anthropological study of emotion and self. It will cover different theoretical approaches in this area of anthropology. It will discuss the question of the cultural construction of emotion and selfhood. It will discuss the politics of emotion in general and compassion in particular. Throughout an emphasis will be put on the links between subjection and power.

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 three-hour written examination (60%); continuous assessment of 2,000 word essay (40%).

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

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written and verbal feedback will be given on students essays.

Course Learning Outcomes


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