School of Global Studies

The Anth of Exchange, Money and Markets (L6070)

The Anthropology of Exchange, Money and Markets

Module L6070

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to how anthropologists have conceptualised, researched, and generated new understandings of the human activities that comprise economic life. Studying economic life from an anthropological view requires us to rethink such concepts as work and leisure, poverty and wealth, gifts and commodities, money and markets, and the term 'economy' itself. Therefore, economic anthropology enables us to critique some of the universalisms of mainstream economics through which capitalism has become naturalised. Traditionally, economic anthropology has been concerned with systems of exchange, non-industrial economies, and livelihood systems. In addition to covering these topics, we will examine issues of contemporary concern such as class, money, debt, shopping, factories, fair trade, globalisation, bioeconomies, and new strategies and practices of resistance.

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate understanding of anthropological approaches to production, consumption and exchange.

To summarise the impact of global forces on non-western economies and societies.

To apply anthropological theory to different cultural and historical contexts.

To demonstrate knowledge of forms of social stratification and economic inequality.

TypeTimingWeighting
Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment100.00%
Timing

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

Weighting

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

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring TeachingLecture2 hours101010101010
Spring TeachingSeminar2 hours010101010101

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Rebecca Prentice

Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/98251

Dr Nigel Eltringham

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/158813

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/214700

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/336740

Please note that the University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules in accordance with the descriptions set out here. However, the University keeps its courses and modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of courses or modules shown as part of the normal process of curriculum management.

The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.