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AT4525: THE CONSTITUTIONAL IMAGINATION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course will examine anthropological theories of the state, political organization and violence. Through an analysis of both modern and historical case studies from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, we will critically examine theories of state of modern and non-modern state formation and organisation, and the nexus of religion and colonial history. In the second half of the course, particular attention will we paid to the ethnography of violence as a mode of state and proto-state political action.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Martin Mills

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • One of Anthropology (AT) or International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AT4025 The Constitutional Imagination (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will examine anthropological theories of the state, political organization and violence. Through an analysis of both modern and historical case studies from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, we will critically examine theories of state of modern and non-modern state formation and organisation, and the nexus of religion and colonial history. In the second half of the course, particular attention will we paid to the ethnography of violence as a mode of state and proto-state political action.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 34, 38

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

3,000-word essay (30%)


Group presentations will be asynchronous online video, provided in advance of student-led discussion tutorial (30%)


The exam will be one-week take-home exam, as with May/June 2020 (40%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements (2020/2021)

Second attempt at whatever part of the assignment the student failed.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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