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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

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 First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Robert P. 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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

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

2 quizes (40%)

Short written assignment (20%)

2 asynchronous discusson pieces (10%)

1 essay 30%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

An essay-based exam to be done at home by the student. They would have 4 days to complete and submit.

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students

An essay-based exam to be done at home by the student. They would have 4 days to complete and submit.

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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