Culture and Representation (L6075)
15 credits, Level 5
In this module, you focus on the anthropological master trope of 'culture' and on the political dimensions of representing culture or 'cultures'.
You consider how anthropological understandings of 'culture', as well as anthropologists' modes of analysing and representing it in anthropological work, developed over the 20th century, partially in conversation with other disciplines.
You also examine how 'culture' operates as a key idea in the public domain, used by politicians, community and human rights activists, artists, scientists, museum curators and others, in relation to a wide range of issues and debates when distinctions between 'ourselves' and 'others' are at stake.
Finally, you look at some activities within the cultural domain (such as music, dance, theatre, verbal artistry), which have a performative dimension. You consider how anthropologists have approached these activities to address questions about structure and agency, embodiment, experience, art and aesthetics, creativity, power and protest.
100%: Practical (Workshop)
100%: Coursework (Portfolio)
Contact hours and workload
This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 126 hours of independent study.
This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Anthropology BA
- Anthropology and Cultural Studies BA
- Anthropology and History BA
- Anthropology and International Development BA
- Anthropology with a Language BA
- Geography and Anthropology BA
- Geography and Anthropology MArts
- International Relations and Anthropology BA
- Media and Cultural Studies BA
- Sociology and Cultural Studies BA