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AT3522: SOCIETY AND NATURE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

Through a series of lectures and a mix of tutor and student led tutorials, this course will interrogate the division between society and nature. We will examine where the division came from, how it informs many understandings of humans and the environment, and whether we would be better off disposing of it altogether. Examples of the impact of this construction will be provided but students will be encouraged and expected to seek out their own and to do their own research which will then be brought back to the course through lively tutorial discussions resulting in peer and tutor feedback.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Robert P. Wishart

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Anthropology (AT) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AT3018 Society and Nature (Studied)
  • AT3022 Society and Nature (Studied)
  • AT3518 Society and Nature (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course interrogates the distinction between society and nature by examining several topics including wildlife management, protected places, ritual regulation, climate change, energy, and animal rights. Each topic will be examined to provide a historical examination of anthropology's engagement with it as well as the challenges it presents today.

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

Alternative Assessment

2x Webinar contributions and 500 word reflections (10% total)

1x Essay 2500 words (50%)

2x In-course quizzes (40% total)

Alternative Resit Assessment

3000 word take-home exam


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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