Advanced Topics in Anthropology - SACO8210

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


This module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a detailed review of a specific topic of interest that relates directly to their programme of study. The topic will be decided upon after consultation with the supervisor and module convenor. The module will be team-taught and consist of tutorials, as well as independent work. Tutorials will cover representative advanced topics in the relevant programme of study. For the independent work, the topic of interest will be explored using a comprehensive literature review.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 8
Private study hours: 142
Total hours: 150


PGDip/MA Social Anthropology, Social Anthropology and Conflict, Social Anthropology of Europe PGDip/MA/MSc Environmental Anthropology
PGDip/MSc Biological Anthropology
PGDip/MSc Forensic Osteology and Field Recovery Methods

Method of assessment

Literature review, 5,000 words (100%)

Re-assessment methods: Like for like.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Readings will be specific to students in particular MSc programmes, but some examples include:

Farmer, Paul. 2003. Pathologies of Power. Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press.

Goddard, V.J., J. Llobera, and C. Shore (eds), 1994. The Anthropology of Europe: Identities and Boundaries in Conflict, Oxford: Berg.

Kosek, J. 2007. Understories: The political life of forests in Northern New Mexico.

Lehmiller, J. 2014. The Psychology of Human Sexuality. Wiley: Blackwell

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Use anthropological theories and perspectives to understand in-depth a thematic area directly related to their programme of study.

8.2 Critically interpret key texts and related to their chosen topic by locating them within appropriate cultural, scientific, and historical contexts.

8.3 Critically apply advanced anthropological theories and perspectives in the presentation of information and argument.

8.4 Devise complex, synthetic questions for research and study that are anthropologically informed.

8.5 Critically understand the way in which cultural or biological assumptions may affect the opinions of others and oneself.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate advanced learning and study skills.

9.2 Think critically in anthropological terms about social, biological, and ecological phenomena.

9.3 Present ideas systematically and cogently both orally and in writing.

9.4 Conduct effective, comprehensive literature searches.

9.5 Critically read, comprehend and assimilate texts written for a professional audience.


  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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