School of Global Studies

Key Concepts in Anthropology (L6067)

Key Concepts in Anthropology

Module L6067

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module provides an overview of the big questions that anthropologists have contributed to and the different theoretical paradigms and concepts that they have developed or adopted. The aim is to provide students with a rapid overview of the discipline. It begins with two weeks examining the concepts of Society and Culture and their varied conceptualisations, followed by weeks that take in turn the key characteristics and assumptions of (a) British structural functionalism, (b) methodological individualism and agency, (c) French structuralism ; (d) British structuralism ; (e) Marxism ideology and hegemony; (f) Poststructuralism (1): Discourse and Power/Knowledge; (g) Poststructuralism (2):'Practice' and Phenomenology.

Module learning outcomes

A basic grasp of the development of Social Anthropology in the twentieth century

A constructively critical approach to key terms of social analysis, especially society, culture, individual

A basic grasp of some of the major paradigms of anthropological thought, including functionalism, structuralism, marxism

Practice in using key concepts in discussion and writing

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture2 hours111110000000
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour000000111111
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour000000111111
Autumn SemesterWorkshop2 hours100000000000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof James Fairhead


Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Dr Nigel Eltringham

Assess convenor

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

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