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Module Title LI European Societies: a cross-cultural perspective
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 21809
Module Lead DR. Kaneff
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Pre-requisites LC Understanding European Identities - (08 18495)
Restrictions Compulsory in BA Culture, Society and Communications (Europe), BA Culture, Society and Communications (Europe/Modern Languages).
Optional in BA Media, Culture & Society
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module introduces students to anthropology through case studies focus primarily, although not exclusively, on Europe. The module begins with lectures that familiarise students with the origins of the discipline, its specific methodology ( ethnographic approach) and central concepts in the discipline ('culture', 'society', 'ethnocentrism' etc). The remaining lectures will use social life; producing and consuming (economic activities); controlling and resisting (political relations); believing and celebrating (religion and ritual); and relating and belonging (the anthropology of kinship). Systems of inequality (including globalisation, a topic examined from the local perspective) are covered. Through these domains of social life and the case studies which are examples, students will also be introduced to different social science theories and the particular ways in which they are used in the antropological discipline.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the course students will
  • Understand the core concepts and methods in anthropology
  • develop an appreciation and understanding of human diversity through an examination of contemporary ethnographic studies
  • gain an understanding of European societies through comparative study
  • develop an ability to think critically and comparatively about European practices as socially constructed phenomena
  • appreciate the importance of local perspectives in understanding wider - global phenomena
Assessment 21809-01 : "1 x 1800-word essay in Sem 1" : Coursework (45%)
21809-02 : "1 x 1800-word essay in Sem 2" : Coursework (45%)
21809-03 : Quiz 1 : Class Test (2.5%)
21809-09 : Quiz 2 : Class Test (2.5%)
21809-10 : Quiz 3 : Class Test (2.5%)
21809-11 : Quiz 4 : Class Test (2.5%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2 x 1,800 word essays ( 45% each) and oral presentation ( 10%)
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