Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Anthropology and History

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

In anthropology, this programme aims to:
1. Develop the intellectual and practical skills of students in the analysis, interpretation and understanding of ethnographic data and their understanding of anthropological theory.
2. Prepare students for employment in a wide range of contexts or for further study and a career where anthropological skills and understandings will be applied.
3. Enable students to engage in life-long learning, study and enquiry and to appreciate the value of education for society.

The aims of the History programme are:
1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the human past.
2. Foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present.
3. Encourage respect for historical context and evidence.
4. Reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past.
5. To impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history.
6. To satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including an awareness of span and change over time across geographical range.
7. Engage with primary as well as secondary sources.
8. Reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline.
9. Foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history).
10. Satisfy progression requirements by conducting i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history, iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects.

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 and the development of theoretical perspectives over time.

4. Detailed knowledge of a number of specialist areas within the discipline.

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

6. Understanding of the ethical and political issues involved in anthropological research, analysis and writing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills).

15. Formulate, execute, and complete an extended piece of writing under appropriate supervision (Extended Writing).

16. Critically engage with a variety of approaches to history and critically engage with the concepts and methodologies of other disciplines where appropriate (Diversity of Spacialisms).

17. Reflect critically on the nature of the discipline, its social rationale, its theoretical underpinnings and its intellectual standing (Critical Awareness).

18. Have undertaken close work on primary source material and carry out intensive critical work on such source material (Contemporary Sources).

19. Have a broad and comparative understanding of the history of more than one society, culture or state (Geographical Range).

20. Have understood historical process over an extended period.

21. Have developed an awareness of continuity and change over an extended time span (Time Depth).

22. Have developed the historians skills and qualities of mind.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreKey Concepts in Anthropology (L6067)154
  CoreThe Anthropological Imagination (L6001)154
  CoreThe Early Modern World (V1227)304
 Spring SemesterCoreThe Anthropology of Exchange, Money and Markets (L6070)154
  CoreThe Making of the Modern World (V1228)304
  CoreWorlds and Selves (003AN)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreEthnographic Research Methods (L6046N)155
  CoreIdeas of History (V1375)155
  CoreReligion and Ritual (L6072)155
  OptionHistory Short Period: America in the 20th Century (V1408)155
  History Short Period: Britain in the 20th Century (V1321)155
  History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)155
  History Short Period: Europe in the 20th Century (V1319)155
  History Short Period: The Middle East and North Africa since 1908 (V4122)155
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)155
  CorePolitics and Power (L6071)155
  OptionCities and Urban Lives (L6076)155
  Culture and Representation (L6075)155
  Ethnographic Field Research (002AN)155
  Time and Place 1851: Science, Empire and Exhibitionism (V1373)155
  Time and Place 2008: The Spectacle of the Beijing Olympics (V1429)155
  Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)155
  Time and Place: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)155
  Time and Place: 1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)155
  Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel (V1449)155
  Time and Place: 1953: Monarchs and Murders (V1446)155
  Time and Place: 1968: Rivers of Blood (V1404)155
  Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)155
  Visual Anthropology (L6074)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAnthropology of Migration (L6080)306
  Anthropology of the Body (L6100)306
  Current Themes in the Anthropology of Latin America (L6096)306
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131SDUA)306
  Environmental Anthropology (L6101)306
  Men and Masculinities (L6083)306
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 1 (V1346A)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 1 (V1434A)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 1 (V1348A)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 1 (V1353A)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 1 (V1471A)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 1 (V1400A)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 1 (V1352A)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 1 (V1424A)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 1 (V1460A)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 1 (V1378A)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 1 (V1473A)156
  The Anthropology of Europe (L6098)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionAnthropology Thesis (L6078)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAnthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035)306
  Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies (L6091)306
  Human Rights (L2124SD)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090)306
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 2 (V1346B)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 2 (V1434B)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 2 (V1348B)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 2 (V1353B)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 2 (V1471B)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 2 (V1400B)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 2 (V1352B)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 2 (V1424B)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 2 (V1460B)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 2 (V1378B)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 2 (V1473B)156
  The Anthropology of Africa (L6055)306
  The Anthropology of Food (001AUS)306
  Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)155
  Understanding Contemporary India (L6057)306

Course convenors

Photo of Filippo Osella

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

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Joanne Paul
Senior Lecturer In Early Modern History
T: +44 (0)1273 872868

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