School of Global Studies

Anthropology of Science and Technology (852L6)

Anthropology of Science and Technology

Module 852L6

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This module will look at the production of knowledge, thought and practice around science and technology, drawing on ethnographic studies and critical theory. It will explore the kind of assumptions we hold about boundaries of humans, nonhumans and their constitutive societies. Students will unpack these assumptions by looking at the 'anthropology of reason' that has been constructed around science and around technology, with reference to developments in science and technology over the last century. Students will become familiar with ethnographic research, critical theory and analytical tools through which they will be able to explore new (virtual) spaces and ways of being (both human and nonhuman). They will work independently and in groups to apply their understanding of anthropological debates in the field of science and technology, with a focus on contemporary studies of kinship and relatedness, embodiment and the relationship between humans and nonhumans.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a critical awareness of the history of thought in the anthropology of science and technology, and apply this awareness to contemporary socio-cultural phenomena.

Engage with key ethnographic accounts and anthropological debates on the relationship between humans and technologies.

Understand how scientific advances have prompted shifts in anthropological understandings of materiality, kinship and relatedness and what it means to be human.

Work independently to integrate ethnographic research, critical theory and analytical tools in written work

Critically evaluate and assess specific developments in science and technology, and apply this knowledge to a case study, drawing on anthropological theory and ethnographic research.

Engage effectively and creatively with others through group work, to achieve common goals that reflect the potential needs of future employers.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT2 Week 7 (20 minutes)100.00%
Essay (4000 words)End of Year Assessment Week 3 Wed 16:0075.00%

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
Spring SemesterSeminar3 hours111111111111

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Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor, Convenor

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