Key Concepts in Anthropology

Module code: L6067
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination

This module provides an overview of the big questions that anthropologists have contributed to and the different theoretical paradigms and concepts that they have developed or adopted. The aim is to provide you with a rapid overview of the discipline. It begins with two weeks examining the concepts of Society and Culture and their varied conceptualisations, followed by weeks that take in turn the key characteristics and assumptions of

  • British structural functionalism
  • methodological individualism and agency
  • French structuralism
  • British structuralism
  • marxism, ideology and hegemony
  • discourse and power/knowledge
  • poststructuralism
  • 'practice' and phenomenology.

Module learning outcomes

  • A basic grasp of the development of Social Anthropology in the twentieth century
  • A constructively critical approach to key terms of social analysis, especially society, culture, individual
  • A basic grasp of some of the major paradigms of anthropological thought, including functionalism, structuralism, marxism
  • Practice in using key concepts in discussion and writing