Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

(BA) Anthropology and International Development

Entry for 2016

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

1. Develop the intellectual and practical skills of students in the analysis, interpretation and understanding of ethnographic data and their understanding of anthropological theory in the cultural and economic context of developing societies.
2. Prepare students for employment in a wide range of contexts or for further study and a career where a knowledge of anthropological skills and an understanding of developing societies is relevant.
3. Enable students to engage in life-long learning, study and enquiry and to appreciate the value of education for society.
4. Equip students with a first degree level understanding of international development that is rooted in the disciplines of anthropology, international relations, geography, economics and history.
5. To gain an understanding of the history of international development, including its origins in colonialism; a knowledge of core theories of development (both orthodox and critical); and an understanding of current development practice and key contemporary issues.
6. To train students in a range of tools and skills with relevance to international development.
7. To provide an intellectual environment that encourages and supports student initiative with respect to engagement in contemporary development issues.

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 of anthropology and the development of theoretical perspectives over time.

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

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

6. An understanding of theoretical debates in international development and their relevance for contemporary development practice.

7. An understanding of the historical, economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of development.

8. A knowledge of practical and research skills in international development and the ability to apply these.

9. An understanding of key contemporary issues in international development.

10. The ability to carry out a sustained independent research project in international development.

11. An understanding of key development concepts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreColonialism and After (L2003)154
  CoreInternational Development: Ideas and Actors (L2132)154
  CoreKey Concepts in Anthropology (L6067)154
  CoreThe Anthropological Imagination (L6001)154
 Spring SemesterCoreIssues in Development (AF002)154
  CoreKey Thinkers in Development (L2145)154
  CoreThe Anthropology of Exchange, Money and Markets (L6070)154
  CoreThe Anthropology of Kinship and Relatedness (L6069)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreEconomic Perspectives on Development (L2147)155
  CoreEthnographic Research Methods (L6046N)155
  CoreReligion and Ritual (L6072)155
  CoreSocial Change, Culture and Development (L2107N)155
  OptionResearch Skills for Development (L2133N)155
 Spring SemesterCorePolitics and Power (L6071)155
  OptionCities and Urban Lives (L6076)155
  Culture and Representation (L6075)155
  Development and the State (L2128)155
  Environmental Perspectives on Development (L2103)155
  Ethnographic Field Research (002AN)155
  Finance for Development (L1082)155
  Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Issues (L2104)155
  Health, Poverty and Inequality (L2102N)155
  International Education and Development (001DS)155
  Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (L2002N)155
  Visual Anthropology (L6074)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAnthropology of Migration (L6080)306
  Anthropology of the Body (L6100)306
  Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Current Themes in the Anthropology of Latin America (L6096)306
  Development Tools and Skills (L2146)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DA)306
  Environmental Anthropology (L6101)306
  Ethnographies of Aid (L2152A)306
  Governing Muslims: From Empire to the War on Terror (010IR)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDA)306
  The Anthropology of Europe (L6098)306
  The Anthropology of Food (001AU)306
  Wealth, Inequality and Development (003IDA)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAnthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035)306
  Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies (L6091)306
  Critical Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (L2154)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2)306
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131S)306
  Global Approaches to Peace (005ID)306
  Human Rights (L2124S)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090)306
  Rural Livelihoods in the Global South (F8017S)306
  The Anthropology of Africa (L6055)306
  Understanding Contemporary India (L6057)306

Course convenors

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Elizabeth Harrison
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
T: +44 (0)1273 877350

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Filippo Osella
Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies
T: +44 (0)1273 606755 ext. 2383

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