Anthropology

Worlds and Selves

Module code: 003AN
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Portfolio

You’re introduced to interdisciplinary anthropological perspectives concerning subjectivity and “being-in-the-world”.

This involves anthropological engagements with gender and queer theories, epistemologies of race and ethnicity, and existential and psycho-social perspectives.

Through this you explore literature that considers people’s senses of self and their senses of the world around them. In doing so the module aims to open up questions pertaining to the nature of “being” in the world, to examine relations between people, places and other entities, such as animals, organic matter and “things”.

We consider this when it comes to thinking about social worlds and life experience.

You’ll aim to develop practical tools for reflexive understanding as a method for ethnographic insight.

Module learning outcomes

  • Evidence understanding of interdisciplinary perspectives as relevant to anthropological approaches to subjectivity.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of ‘worlding’ and psych-social theories, and their relationship with anthropological approaches to the self and identity.
  • Evaluate anthropological theorisations of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
  • Use reflexive writing as a mode of ethnographic engagement.