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 draws upon material from a wide range of ethnographic contexts to examine the ways in which societies organise and conceptualise human relationships cross-culturally. It is concerned with the transformation of social structures and processes, as well the ways in which power, politics and economic exchange characterise these relations.

The module considers both accepted and more novel ways in thinking about human kinship, including how we become related through ‘substance’, the role of emotion, place and technology. It covers the evolution of kinship theory and engages with contemporary debates in the study of human relationality.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: