Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ANT1005: Introduction to Social Anthropology: Exploring Cultural Diversity
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:
- Kinship and the construction of relatedness
- Gendered difference
- Of witches and fallen gods: thinking in different modes
- Senses of place, qualities of time: questioning ontologies
- Race and colonialism in the ethnographic encounter
Typical questions for formative assignments and tutorial presentations are:
1. Why study kinship? How would social anthropologists answer this question?
2. Why did Captain Cook have to die? And why have anthropologists argued about it?
3. People across the world perceive different qualities of time. Without clocks, would we be living unstructured lives?
4. What does it mean to say that the belief in witchcraft is rational?
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching||16.5||11 x 1.5-hour weekly lectures|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching||11||11 x 1-hour tutorials|
|Guided independent study||40.5||Weekly reading for lectures and tutorials|
|Guided independent study||10||Preparing tutorial presentation individually or in pairs|
|Guided independent study||27||Peer workshopping of reading responses via ELE|
|Guided independent study||20||Essay writing (reading, library-based research)|
|Guided independent study||25||Preparing reading responses portfolio for submission|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).