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AT3522: SOCIETY AND NATURE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 34, 38 - 40

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2 webinar contributions and 500 word reflections (10% total)

1 essay 2500 words (50%)

2 in-course quizzes (40% total)


Resit (for students taking the course in AY20/21)

3000 word take-home exam

Resit (for students who failed the course in AY2019/20 or for C8 students)

On-line 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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