The Anthropological Imagination (L6001)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

The module aims to convey a sense of anthropology as an exciting, 'living' subject. Anthropology is:

  • alive to the concerns of different communities and populations living across the globe
  • cutting edge in terms of the research conducted by anthropologists at Sussex as they actively engage with issues of social, cultural and global transformation.

The module revolves around five core themes considered central to the subject, capturing anthropological thinking on:

  • culture, identity and representation
  • kinship, self and body
  • economy as culture
  • religion and politics
  • work on the global-local interface.


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: