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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2051: The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims:

- To help you  develop a critical, nuanced, and self-confident understanding of key concepts, theories and schools within anthropology.

- To raise your awareness of the importance of cultural, socio-economic and political factors that have shaped, and continue to shape, the study of anthropology.

- To help you explore the interdisciplinary relationships between anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.

- To provide you with opportunities interrogate difficult texts for nuances and layers of meaning, styles and strategies of reasoning, as well as tensions and contradictions. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate knowledge of the canon of anthropological literature and key historic developments in the history of the discipline
2. understand major historical debates in the discipline
Discipline-Specific Skills3. critically present theoretical ideas in relation to existing body of anthropological literature
4. demonstrate understanding of key concepts and theories in the discipline
5. demonstrate awareness of contextual factors impacting on the study of cultural and physical diversity of humans, and ethical and political dilemmas resulting from this
Personal and Key Skills6. access and interpret difficult texts
7. build and defend an argument based on close interpretation of texts
8. communicate effectively in written and verbal form