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Course Overview

In this course students will be introduced to the topical themes in contemporary anthropology:  roads, automobility, car cultures, migration, road narratives, and roads in film and literature. The course is based on the notions of movement and mobility and will incorporate the ethnographic material from the North, including Scotland and Siberia.  During the course students will conduct their own research on the road of their choice. The course includes: a fieldwork element, screenings of documentary films about roads, and weekly student-led discussions.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low

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Course Description

In this course we explore concepts of movement and mobility, topical themes in contemporary anthropology. This course ranges over such themes as roads, automobility, car cultures, migration, trafficking, road narratives, and roads in films and literature, gradually building towards theoretical conceptualization of roads. The course will rely on the ethnographic material from the North, including Scotland and Siberia. Students will conduct their own original research on the theme of road. Short fieldwork and documentary films about roads are incorporated in the course. One lecture and one student-led seminar per week.    

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

  • 1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%)
  • One 3,000 word project essay (30%)
  • A tutorial presentation (10%).


  • One 3-hour written examination (60%)
  • In-course grades will be carried forward unless the student opts to resubmit course work.

Formative Assessment

Each student is expected to present at least once on a required reading. This is assessed during the class.


Written feedback will be provided for continuous assessment work, where appropriate. 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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