Power, Money, Spirit: Key Themes in Social Anthropology - ANTS6260

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This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


You will study some of the key themes that have preoccupied social anthropologists through the history of the discipline, such as kinship, power, economic relations and religion. The module introduces these issues through theoretical approaches, but also through relevant ethnographic case studies. There will often be opportunities to understand the ways in which a social anthropological approach, grounded in ethnographic research, provides a different perspective on some of universal concerns that are shared by social science disciplines such as economics, politics and sociology.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (2500) (25%)
Essay 2 (2500) (25%)
Examination, 2 hour (50%)

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Converse with the key disciplinary themes and trends of social anthropology, such as power, economy, kinship and religion
8.2 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical development of those anthropological debates and theories
8.3 Demonstrate knowledge about the theoretical contributions of the anthropology of the key themes studied to the broader discipline of social anthropology
8.4 Evidence a critical understanding of the global and historical diversity, operation and experience of political and economic institutions
8.5 Apply anthropological insights to contemporary developments in relevant ways


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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