School of Global Studies

Anthropology and Spanish (with a study abroad year)

(BA) Anthropology and Spanish (with a study abroad year)

Entry for 2011

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

This programme aims to:
1. Develop the intellectual and practical skills of students in the analysis, interpretation and understanding of ethnographic data and their understanding of anthropological theory.
2. Prepare students for employment in a wide range of contexts (including employment abroad), or for further study and a career where anthropological skills and understandings will be applied.
3. Enable students to engage in life-long learning, study and enquiry and to appreciate the value of education for society.
4. Develop the linguistic skills of students in one non-English European language, and to enable them to operate in that language on an advanced level.
5. Develop an understanding of the relationship between cultural and scientific-technological developments in Europe.
6. Encourage an understanding of the emergence of Modern Europe.
7. Contextualise students anthropological training within a European context.

Course Learning Outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

A. Knowledge and Understanding

A1. Students will graduate from this programme with a comprehensive knowledge of the broad field of social anthropology and detailed knowledge of a number of specialised areas within the discipline.
A2. Students will understand the major contemporary theoretical debates in social anthropology and be aware of the history of the discipline and how theoretical interests have developed.
A3. They will have knowledge of a wide range of ethnographic material and the ways in which anthropological theory can be used to understand this material.
A4. They will also understand the ethical issues involved in anthropological research and analysis.
A5. Depending on the choice of optional courses, students will gain a detailed knowledge of the role of anthropological thinking in a range of specific contexts which manifest the wide ranging nature of the contemporary discipline and which have relevance for the career profiles of anthropology graduates.
A6. In addition, they will have a near-native competence in one European language (other than English), will have a knowledge of the most important aspects of European culture (including aspects of the scientific and technological development since the Renaissance), and they will be familiar with some of the major critical approaches to interpretation and some of the major elements of cultural theory.


Assessment takes a number of forms.
1. Unseen exams test students recall, their ability to respond to questions in a time-bound context and their capability of recognising in advance the key issues which a particular body of literature generates.
2. Essays and Dissertations allows the student to demonstrate their ability to identify intellectual issues which can be addressed through varying lengths of papers and address these issues through research and analysis and written presentations.
3. Portfolios allow the student to present a range of presentational devices and develop appropriate skills.
4. Language orals will test students linguistic abilities.

Teaching and Learning Methods Used to Enable Outcomes to Be Achieved and Demonstrated

Three broad methods of teaching are employed: lectures, workshops/seminars and tutorials.
1. Lectures are used to ensure that students are made aware of a broad range of anthropological data as well as providing occasions for a display of what anthropological analysis is capable of.
2. Workshops/seminars are based around smaller groups of students and provide opportunities for students to consolidate their command of relevant knowledge as well as advancing through discussion and presentation their understanding of anthropological issues.
3. Tutorials allow students to discuss their own written work on a one to one basis and thus to improve their command of anthropology and identify how to improve their analytical skills.

B. Intellectual Skills

When students complete the course, they will command a number of intellectual skills. These include:
B1. The ability to reason critically.
B2. The ability to synthesis and evaluate data.
B3. The ability to identify problems and strategies for solving these problems.
B4. The ability to analyse and interpret academic and other data.
B5. The ability to demonstrate and exercise independence of thought.
B6. The ability to respond to issues identified by others.
B7. The ability to read, write and communicate in one European language in addition to English
B8. The ability to operate on a high intellectual level in one European language in addition to English.


The various assessment modes test students intellectual skills in various ways and to various extents. All assessment modes (unseen exams, essays, dissertations, portfolios, course essays) identify students ability to synthesis and evaluate data, analyse and interpret academic and other data and reason critically. Unseen exams also test the ability of students to respond to issues identified by others whilst essays and dissertations also test the ability of students to identify problems and strategies for solving these problems.

Teaching and Learning Methods Used

Whilst lectures provide a means of imparting knowledge to students and providing demonstrations of analysis and interpretation, seminars/workshops and tutorials provide an arena for students to develop their own skills. Through presentations to seminars students develop their skills in identifying problems and suggesting solutions as well as reasoning critically and synthesising data. Participation in these events allows others to develop their analytical and critical skills both through engaging in discussion and argument and through learning from the example of others. Through tutorials and the written work associated with tutorials, students are able to refine their analytical skills and experiment in developing independence of thought and analysis.

C. Practical Skills

By the end of this programme students will have developed a range of practical skills. They will be able to:
C1. Identify ways in which anthropological approaches can assist in practical contexts.
C2. Relate particular practical issues to the wider body of anthropological knowledge.
C3. Design approaches to deal with such issues.
C4. Identify ways in which anthropology can offer alternative ways of conceptualising practical issues.
C5. Engage in further training in anthropology or cognate disciplines.
C6. Speak, read and write in one European language (in addition to English), to a level sufficient to live and work abroad.
C7. Be able to word process in English plus another European language.
C8. Carry out basic translation between English and another European language.


These skills are tested in various ways, but the particular pattern of optional courses taken by students in Level 3 obviously affects the degree to which specifically practical skills are assessed. Unseen exams test students ability to address these issues in a highly time-bound context whilst essays and dissertations provide means of assessing their abilities in greater depth. Oral and unseen exams will also test linguistic competence.

Teaching and Learning Methods Used

Throughout the programme in lectures, seminars/workshops and tutorials, students are encouraged to reflect on the practical implications of academic anthropology and the study of European culture. Specific optional courses allow students to address these issues in greater depth. Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to relate their training to the world in which they live. This is particularly true of elements in their level 1 courses where students have to engage in joint projects focused on aspects of contemporary British society. The contextual teaching of literary-artistic and scientific-technological aspects of European history will help them to critically assess present day social and technological change. The Year abroad will allow them to evaluate the content of their academic studies against their own intercultural experiences, and thus to gain an additional perspective on the academic content of their degree.

D. Transferable Skills

Throughout the programme students are encouraged to develop transferable skills which can be used outside the narrow confines of academic study. On completion of the programme students will:
D1. Be able to accurately precis arguments, discussions and bodies of data.
D2. Be able to recognise the nature of theoretical argument.
D3. Be able to come to conclusions as to the relative merits of different theoretical approaches.
D4. Be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
D5. Have command of basic presentational skills involving the use of verbal and visual media
D6. Be able to carry out basic research activities using a range of sources (libraries, archives, virtual media).
D7. Be able to work alone and in groups.
D8. Know how to organise ones time effectively through self-management.
D9. Have knowledge of basic principles of translation.
D10. Possess basic interpreting skills between English and one other European language.


Various methods are used to assess the extent to which students have developed such skills. The various modes of examination are means of assessing the degrees to which students can precis arguments, discuss theory, manage their time and communicate through writing. Assessed essays and dissertations provide means through which further skills such as the ability to carry out basic research activities are achieved whilst the assessment of group work provides a means of measuring students ability to work in groups.

Teaching and Learning Methods Used

1. Lectures are a means by which effective communication is demonstrated, lecturers displaying models of good practice in terms of verbal presentation, and the use of visual and computer aids.
2. Through seminars, students develop their presentational skills whilst at the same time being encouraged to improve their skills in discussion and working as teams.
3. Seminars/workshops also encourage students' ability to precis and summarise arguments and bodies of data whilst tutorials provide arenas in which students are able to discuss in detail their own work and research.

Course learning outcomes

1. Comprehensive knowledge of the broad field of social and cultural anthropology.

2. Understanding of the key contemporary debates in anthropology.

3. Familiarity with the history of the discipline and the development of theoretical perspectives over time.

4. Detailed knowledge of a number of specialist areas within the discipline.

5. Knowledge of a wide range of ethnographic material and the way in which anthropological theory is used to understand this material.

6. Understanding of the ethical and political issues involved in anthropological research, analysis and writing.

7. Knowledge of a range of ethnographic research methods and ability to apply these.

8. Ability to communicate effectively with others and to present material both orally and in writing.

9. Ability to deploy a range of communication and information technology skills.

10. Ability to apply a range of skills in the retrieval and use of primary and secondary sources.

11. Ability to work together with others as well as independently, including to manage time effectively.

12. Ability to present concise and cogently structured arguments, both orally and in writing.

13. Ability to carry out critical analysis on complex issues related to the discipline.

14. Achieve at least level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment in Spanish.

15. Communicate effectively in speech, and with a good level of accuracy in Spanish.

16. Communicate effectively in writing, and with a good level of accuracy, with competent readers of Spanish.

17.Mediate effectively in speech, almost instantaneously and with a satisfactory level of accuracy, between speakers of English and speakers of Spanish.

18. Mediate effectively in writing, under time constraint and with a satisfactory level of accuracy, between readers of English and readers of Spanish.

19. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the syntax and lexis of Spanish, and of their appropriate registers, notably in the production of written exercises and translations.

20.Demonstrate sound knowledge and critical understanding of the modern and contemporary culture and societies speaking Spanish, gained through the study of written texts and other cultural products in the language.

21. Evaluate critically selected aspects of the literature, culture, history, politics, or society of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.

22. Demonstrate awareness and critical appreciation of one or more cultures and societies, other than their own.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn Term1 from this option group AND...Advanced Spanish 1A (R4007)124
  Intermediate Spanish 1A (R4009)124
  CoreHistory and Culture in the 20th Century: 1890-1945 (Q1054)124
  CoreThe Anthropological Imagination (L6001)244
 Spring and Summer Terms1 from this option group AND...Advanced Spanish 1B (R4008)184
  Intermediate Spanish 1B (R4010)184
  CoreIntroduction to Spain (Q1061)184
 Spring TermCoreAnthropology in Theory (L6061)124
  CoreEthnographic Methods (L6046)124
 Summer TermCoreReading Ethnography (L6060)124
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreEurope 1945-date (R9011)155
  CoreReproduction, Self and Society (L6050)305
  OptionSpanish 2A (R4017)155
  Spanish Post-Intensive A (R1083)155
 Spring SemesterCorePolitics, Power and Legitimacy (L6052)305
  CoreSpain 1945-date (R9021)155
  OptionSpanish 2B (R4021)155
  Spanish Post-Intensive B (R4020)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
4Autumn SemesterCoreSpanish 3A (R4026)156
  OptionAdvanced Theory (L6077)306
  Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies (L6082)306
  Anthropology of the Body (L6100)306
  Current Themes in the Anthropology of Latin America (L6096)306
  Genres in European Literature (R9033)156
  Modern Languages Dissertation (R9035)156
  The Anthropology of Africa (L6097)306
  The Anthropology of Performance: cross-cultural performance and performativity (002AU)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionAnthropology Thesis (L6078)306
 Spring SemesterCoreSpanish 3B (R4030)156
  OptionAnthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035)306
  Conflict, Violence and Peace: Critical perspectives (L2154)306
  Environmental Anthropology (L6066)306
  Human Rights (L2124S)306
  Medicine and Culture (L6036)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090)306
  Spanish Special Subject 1 (R4027)156
  Spanish Special Subject 2 (R4028)156
  The Anthropology of Food (001AU)306
  The Anthropology of South Asia (L6057)306

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