Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
College College Arts and Law
School History and Cultures
Department African Studies & Anthropology
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Anthropology and African Studies Full-time
Programme Code 5144
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme Provide students with a rich and diverse learning experience.

Foster students’ personal development so that they can demonstrate independence, initiative, self-management and the capacity for life-long learning.

Train a pool of graduates who have a specialised knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa and its position within the global context.

Train a pool of graduates who are able to bring a variety of disciplinary perspectives (including anthropological theories and methodologies) to bear upon complex situations and issues, demonstrating sensitivity to the views of others.

Render students employable by training them in the transferable skills that are associated with all arts, humanities and social science degree programmes, including: identification of areas of enquiry and relevant sources of information; referencing, evaluation, synthesis and analysis of information in the light of relevant methodological and theoretical frameworks; clear and coherent communication in person and on paper.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
A range of sub-Saharan African environments and societies, and the dynamics of change over time
The place of sub-Saharan Africa within the global context
The merits of contrasting theories in the analysis of sub-Saharan African societies
The key methods and concepts of the contributory disciplines in African Studies, including Anthropology’s emphasis on empirical fieldwork as the primary method of gathering data and as a basis for the generation of anthropological theory
The ethical issues entailed in the study of social worlds and the representation of others, and the potential applications and misapplications of Anthropology
The history of the discipline of Anthropology and the emergence of sub-fields
Lectures, seminars, independent reading and individual / group project work, in African Studies modules; lectures, seminars and independent reading in modules which deal specifically with ethnography and which require students to conduct an ethnographic project

Ethnographic project work and research for the final-year independent study / dissertation

Lectures, seminars and independent reading throughout the degree programme
Group presentations, individual / group project reports, essays, timed exams, independent study / dissertation

Essays, timed exams, book reviews, project proposals and reports, independent study / dissertation

Essays, timed exams, book reviews
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to identify and assess different theoretical approaches within the discipline of Anthropology, and to make connections between Anthropology and other disciplines in the field of African Studies
The ability to identify an issue or area of enquiry; to question cultural assumptions about this issue; and to search for, select and evaluate relevant sources of information
The ability to interpret, synthesise and critically interrogate a range of primary and secondary sources, generated within and outside of sub-Saharan Africa, and to reference these appropriately in their academic writing
To communicate their findings and their analysis clearly and coherently, in written and oral formats
To work with a significant amount of independence, including self-direction, initiative and time-management
To listen effectively, work with others, and respond constructively to feedback
Lectures, seminars and independent reading throughout the degree programme; ethnographic project work; discussion with independent study / dissertation supervisor and feedback on drafts

Group presentations which require students work collaboratively to identify an area of enquiry and relevant sources of information; individual independent study / dissertations which require students to identify an area of enquiry and relevant sources of information, with support from a supervisor

Seminar discussions, workshops, and group activities during lecture sessions; feedback on drafts of independent studies / dissertations; feedback on essays and project reports

Independent reading in all modules; individual and/or group research in modules in each year of the degree programme; feedback on drafts of independent studies / dissertations; feedback of essays and project reports

Group research for presentations, student-led workshops which support independent study / dissertation projects, feedback on drafts and discussion with independent study / dissertation supervisor.
Essays, book reviews, timed exams, project proposals and reports, independent study / dissertation

Group presentations, project proposals and reports, independent study / dissertation

Group presentations, project proposals and reports, essays, timed exams, book reviews, independent study / dissertation

Group presentations, project proposals and reports, and independent study / dissertation