Worlds and Selves (003AN)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

On this module, you’ll be introduced to interdisciplinary anthropological perspectives around subjectivity and ‘being-in-the-world.’ This will involve:

  • anthropological engagements with gender and queer theories
  • epistemologies of race and ethnicity
  • existential and psychosocial perspectives.

Through this, you’ll explore literature that considers people’s senses of self and their senses of the world around them. The module aims to open up questions around the nature of ‘being’ in the world. You’ll do this through exploring questions about relations between people, places and other entities, such as animals, organic matter and ‘things’. You’ll consider that when it comes to thinking about social worlds and life experience, anthropology may offer a unique basis for:

  • reflexive analysis
  • conceptual critique
  • contextually grounded practice
  • social justice.

A key aim of the module is to develop practical tools for reflexive understanding as a method for ethnographic insight. 


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

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: