Special Project in Social Anthropology - SE534

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR D Henig


Prerequisites: SE301 Introduction to Social Anthropology, SE588 Advanced Social Anthropology I, SE589 Advanced Social Anthropology II, SE586 Ethnographies I, SE587 Ethnographies II





This module offers Stage 3 students the opportunity to design, execute, and write up a dissertation project of their own devising. Students may pursue a module of library-based research under supervision on a particular topic and/or undertake limited ethnographic research on that topic. The topic, and the way it is researched, will be of the student's own choosing. All projects must be supervised by a member of staff in Social Anthropology, with whom the student has arranged to work before registering for the module. Students who wish to do a project on this module should collect the information sheet from the School Undergraduate Office during Stage 2 (this includes students on a Year Abroad programme) not later than then end of the online module registration period in the Spring Term.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

12 hours, 12 x 1 hour fortnightly, during Autumn and Spring terms


Stage 3 only. This Module contributes:
BA Social Anthropology; Joint Honours; with a Year Abroad; with a Language

Method of assessment

Assessment is by 100% coursework

Preliminary reading

Not applicable; the reading for the project will be pursued under the advice of the supervisor, and tailored to the needs of the student and the specific topic that he or she is researching.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able:
To formulate a research project and to present it and its organising thesis statement convincingly to a supervisor
To locate relevant sources of data, using library holdings and original ethnographic fieldwork where relevant, for developing and elaborating a thesis
To summarise, interpret, and present data in written form
To communicate the results of research to others in written form
To bring together information from a multitude of sources (both in research work and from other modules) and to evaluate such information, bringing it together where pertinent into a synthesis
To follow the conventions of research presentation in order to produce a properly academic thesis

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