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Course Overview

Through a series of lectures and a mix of tutor and student led tutorials, this course focuses on the sometimes difficult history of anthropology and the circumpolar north. Misconceptions (sometimes intentionally created) about the people who live there and their relationships to the environment have informed both state policy and anthropological theory and now is the time for a new anthropology of the north to set the record straight. Students will be encouraged and expected to do their own research on topics of their own choosing and bring these insights back to the course through lively tutorial 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 Robert Wishart

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Course Description

This course will explore cultures of the circumpolar Arctic and sub-Arctic focusing on ethnographies from various northern regions: Scandinavia, Canada, America, Russia. We will investigate the idea of the North with reference to the concepts of frontier, movement, flow. We will critically assess stereotypes applied to describe diverse areas of the circumpolar region. The central themes of the course enquiry include: environment; exchange and food; alcoholism; identity; movement.

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:

Essay (2,000 words) 30%
Short assignment 20%
Tutorial presentation 10%
3 hour written examination 40%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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