Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Environmental Anthropology

Module L6101

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module considers the cross-cultural study of relations between people and their environment. Like the focus of many environmental movements, much recent work in ecological anthropology has been crisis-driven, and whilst covering this literature the focus will be broader, taking a wider perspective including the context in which the research itself is being done. Current work on the human dimensions of deforestation, or global climate change, for example, can be informed and strengthened by an understanding of the century-old intellectual lineage of the underlying issues. The module will therefore cover the evolution of environmental anthropology, using ethnographic exemplars that relate to contemporary environmental issues, whilst at the same time probing debates such as (a) the Nature-Culture trap, and beyond; (b) Ecology and Social Organisation, (c) the Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment, (including environmental anthropological contributions to mining, resource conflict etc.), (d) knowing (and the limits to knowing) and researching the environment

Module learning outcomes

An ability to deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry to an original research topic

Ability to devise an original question and marshall analytical tools and evidence to sustain original conclusions

A coherent and detailed knowledge informed by, or at the forefront of Environmental Anthropology

Essay (4000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 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
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111110111111
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111111

How to read the week pattern

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

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