School of Global Studies

Key Debates in Contemporary Anthropology (001AN)

Key Debates in Contemporary Anthropology

Module 001AN

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module grounds students in Key Debates in Contemporary Anthropology, building on their first year ‘Key Concepts in Anthropology’ that provides a basic theoretical framework, and preparing students for their third year Advanced Topics options, so that their learning is informed by the debates that vex current anthropological inquiry in the department, across the UK and beyond. Whilst these debates draw on broader social theoretical literatures, the aim is to examine how they are mobilised within current empirical anthropological inquiry, and how this can shape wider debates in the social sciences, arts and humanities. Topics will vary but may include:

• Perspectivism, ontology and the new Orientalism
• Society beyond the human: multi-species sociality and the Anthropocene
• Affect and emotional labour
• Precarity, politics and the popular
• Secularism, religions and intolerance
• Producing and claiming subjectivity and identity
• Anthropology beyond ‘Ethnography’: fiction, narrative and depicting the social.
• Anthropology beyond ‘logocentrism’: physicality and performance
• Infrastructure, technology and cyborg sociality
• The ‘good’, the ‘bad’ and the ‘ugly’: anthropology and morality

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate knowledge of a variety of current theoretical debates within anthropology.

To demonstrate knowledge of anthropological contributions to broader theoretical debates within the social sciences.

To critically assess/evaluate how key debates in the social sciences are informing contemporary anthropological research and writing.

To demonstrate how key debates in anthropology are shaped by, and are shaping, contemporary empirical inquiry.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 7 100.00%
Essay (1500 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0080.00%

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 SemesterWorkshop2 hours111110111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Nigel Eltringham

Assess convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

Prof Jane Cowan


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