Key Concepts in Anthropology (L6067)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

On this module, you’ll gain an overview of the big questions that anthropologists research, and the different theoretical paradigms and concepts that have been developed or adopted. You’ll begin with examining the concepts of society and culture. You’ll then look at characteristics and assumptions of:

  • British structural functionalism
  • methodological individualism and agency
  • French structuralism
  • British structuralism
  • Marxism ideology and hegemony
  • poststructuralism
  • discourse and power/knowledge
  • poststructuralism
  • 'practice' and phenomenology.


77%: Lecture
23%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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: