The Anthropology of Kinship and Relatedness (L6069)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

The study of human relatedness and kinship has been central to the history of British social anthropology. This module introduces you to classic and new debates in kinship studies. It draws upon material from a wide range of ethnographic contexts to examine the ways that societies organise and conceptualise human relationships. It is concerned with the transformation of social structures and processes as well as the connections between kin organisations and power in developing and post-industrial societies.

You will consider both accepted and more novel ways in thinking about human kinship – how we become related through 'substance', emotion, place and technology, for example. We cover both historical ground and contemporary debates in the study of human relatedness.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.