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Course Overview

The aim of the course is to address the relevance of landscape to method and theory in anthropology. Developing advanced themes in environmental anthropology, it will allow students to develop an anthropological approach to landscape in ethnography and human-environment relations. Teaching is by way of one lecture and one tutorial per week. The coursework comprises of a project involving fieldwork on the theme of walking.

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 Jo Vergunst

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AT4013 Language in Culture and Society (Studied)
  • AT4043 Anthropology and Landscape (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will creatively explore the tensions and overlaps between landscape as physical landform, as scenery, and as the site of human activities and journeys. Topics include the cultural history of landscape, movement and mobility, and politics, and in the second half a series of case studies on cities, heritage, forests and national parks will be explored. Lectures will put the course co-ordinator’s own research  in Scotland into a dialogue with studies of landscape around the world. Throughout we will use perspectives from archaeology, geography and history of art as well as core work in anthropology.

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 examination (60%) and in-course assessment (40%). Resit: 1 three-hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Compulsory tutorials and occasional meetings with the course coordinator and/or tutor in case of need, initiated by the student or coordinator/tutor.


Feedback on work submitted for continual assessment will be provided in the marking sheet - a narrative comment indicating strengths and weaknesses, advice for improvement will always be included as part of this. Students are encouraged to arrange meetings with the course coordinator/tutor for feedback meetings if they feel the need.

Course Learning Outcomes


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