Thinkers and Theories: An Introduction to the History and Development of Anthropology - SE307

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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4 15 (7.5) PROF JP Dos Santos De Pina C

Pre-requisites

Co-requisites:
SE308 Skills for Anthropology and Conservation;
SE301 Introduction to Social Anthropology;
SE302 Foundations of Human Culture

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

The module introduces students to the major figures who have shaped the discipline of Anthropology (both socio-cultural and biological) and take them through the historical development of the discipline. Major thinkers such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim on the one hand, and Linnaeus, Lamarck, Darwin and Mendel on the other, are introduced, and their influence on and contribution to the discipline traced. The module will provide an historical outline of major schools of thought within Anthropology - evolution, diffusionism, functionalism structuralism, postmodernism, socio-biology, evolutionary psychology - in both Britain and the USA, and examine the relationship between socio-cultural anthropology and biological anthropology from an historical perspective.

Details

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Contact hours

12 x 2 hour lectures

Availability

This module contributes: BA Social Anthropology; BSc Anthropology and BSc Biological Anthropology.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is 100% coursework, weighted at 40% for the class test during term-time and 60% for the end-of-term essay.

Preliminary reading

Bowler, P.J., "Evolution: The History of an Idea", California: University of California Press, 2003
Desmond, A. and Moore, J., "Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist", 1994
Moore, J.D., "Visions of Culture: An Introductio of Anthropological Theories and Theorists", Walnut Creek: Altimira Press, 1996
Barnard, A., "History and Theory in Anthropology", Cambridge: CUP, 2000
Barnard, A. and J. Spencer (eds). 1996. Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London: Routledge.
Kuper, A. 1996 Anthropology and Anthropologists: The Modern British School. London: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

A broad knowledge of the major thinkers who have influenced the development of Anthropology.
A broad knowledge of the major schools of thought within Anthropology.
An understanding of the historical development of, and changes within, Anthropology.
An understanding of the historical relationship between sociocultural and biological anthropology.

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