Advanced Topics in Anthropology - SE821

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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7 15 (7.5)







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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

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


Autumn term

Method of assessment

Literature review, 5,000 words (100%)

Indicative reading

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

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 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 assumptions may affect the opinions of others and oneself.

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