Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Politics and Power

Module L6071

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module draws on political anthropology and social theory to explore what is for many anthropologists the central concept in the discipline: forms of power. In Western societies the term 'politics' tends to connote a quite narrow range of activities and institutions, typically those focused around parties, government and the state. We shall be using the term 'political' in a much wider sense, and linking it to the operations of power. Power is not a thing, but an aspect of a vast range of relationships from the most local to the global. There can be no neat boundaries around this field of study. Instead our intention is to explore the way the analysis of power has widened and deepened over the last fifty years, and to suggest continuity with economic and cultural processes that you are studying in other modules.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate critical understanding of key themes in analyses of power

Show knowledge of how concepts such as hegemony, ideology, resistance, discourse and governance have been used by anthropologists

Ability to apply key concepts to new ethnographic cases

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 6 100.00%
Essay (2000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0075.00%

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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How to read the week pattern

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

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Dr Alice Wilson

Assess convenor

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

Dr Peter Luetchford


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