Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

The Anthropology of Kinship and Relatedness

Module L6069

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

The study of human relatedness and kinship has been central to the history of British social anthropology. This module introduces students to classic and new debates in kinship studies drawing upon material from a wide range of ethnographic contexts to examine the ways in which societies organise and conceptualise human relationships. It is concerned with the transformation of social structures and processes as well as the connections between kin organisations and power in developing and post-industrial societies. The module considers both accepted and more novel ways in thinking about human kinship: how we become related through 'substance', emotion, place and technology, for example. It covers both historical ground as well as the contemporary debates in the study of human relatedness.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of kinship theory in anthropology

Demonstrate an understanding of debates about kinship as biologically or culturally constructed

Demonstrate an ability to use anthropological methods in the analysis of kinship and other forms of relatedness

Show an appreciation of the ways in which concepts of kinship, family and relatedness relate to changing structures of power, politics and economic exchange

Essay (2500 words)Semester 2 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.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture2 hours101010101010
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours010101010101

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

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

Dr Alice Wilson

Assess convenor

Dr Karis Jade Petty


Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

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