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AT4038: MORE THAN HUMAN (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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 Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Whitehouse

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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.

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:

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

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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