Anthropology for Development (855L6)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You examine how anthropologists have engaged with the policies, projects and organisations that have shaped international development, from colonial times to the present day.

You trace the relationship of:

  • anthropology with colonialism
  • applied anthropologists working in development
  • anthropologies of development encounters and development communities
  • the political and ethical questions raised in each of these.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 18 hours of contact time and about 132 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.