Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Culture and Representation

Module L6075

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The module focuses on the anthropological master trope of "culture" and on the political dimensions of representing culture or "cultures". We 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. We 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, the module will incorporate topics and materials pertaining to issues of culture and representation with respect to museums, exhibitions and other cultural monuments, as well as visual and textual representations of culture by ethnographers, artists and others. We consider how anthropologists have approached these topics to address questions about structure and agency, embodiment, experience, art and aesthetics, creativity, power and protest.

Module learning outcomes

Knowledge of several key anthropological approaches and methods necessary for understanding culture, representation and performance.

Critical Understanding of the social contexts and political dimensions of cultural creation and representation.

Ability to critically assess intellectual arguments.

Ability to compare and contrast texts in a sophisticated manner.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioT2 Week 12 100.00%

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 SemesterWorkshop2 hours111111111111

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 Julie Billaud


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