School of Global Studies

Worlds and Selves (003AN)

Worlds and Selves

Module 003AN

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module will introduce students to interdisciplinary anthropological perspectives concerning subjectivity and ‘being-in-the-world.’ This will involve anthropological engagements with gender and queer theories, epistemologies of race and ethnicity, and existential and psycho-social perspectives. Through these engagements students will explore literature that considers people’s senses of self and their senses of the world around them. In doing so the module aims to open-up questions pertaining to the nature of ‘being’ in the world. This will involve students taking up questions of affect to examine relations between people, places, and other entities, such as animals, organic matter and ‘things’. We will consider that when it comes to thinking about social worlds and life experience, anthropology may offer a unique basis for reflexive analysis, conceptual critique, contextually grounded practice and social justice.

A key aim of the module is to develop practical tools for reflexive understanding as a method for ethnographic insight. The module will therefore be assessed by a portfolio of short written pieces, each of which will be based on guided reflexive ethnographic exercises.

Module learning outcomes

Evidence understanding of interdisciplinary perspectives as relevant to anthropological approaches to subjectivity.

Demonstrate basic knowledge of ‘worlding’ and psych-social theories, and their relationship with anthropological approaches to the self and identity.

Evaluate anthropological theorisations of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

Use reflexive writing as a mode of ethnographic engagement.

Portfolio (2000 words)End of Year Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:00100.00%

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


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

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Dr Paul Boyce


Miss Emilia Roycroft

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Dr Nigel Eltringham

Assess convenor

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

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