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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT1009: Theories and Approaches in Anthropology

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide you with a foundation for anthropological analysis, to provide a theoretical structure and to introduce conceptual tools. It aims to give you the tools needed to approach critically a broad range of social and cultural phenomena, by asking different types of questions, such as: in whose interest is it, is there a group benefiting from this arrangement/ argument / representation? What is the perspective of the actors involved?

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 critical knowledge and reflection upon the development of anthropological theory and approaches;
2. show familiarity with a range of theoretical approaches and how they relate to each other and to other disciplines.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. show a developing capacity to recognise, describe and evaluate anthropological theory and its integral relation to fieldwork contexts, practices and data;
4. demonstrate familiarity with a variety of anthropological and related literature.
Personal and Key Skills5. devise and sustain an original argument based on close interpretation of texts;
6. communicate effectively in written and verbal form.