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BA Archaeology and Anthropology / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Regional Studies of Culture: 1
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course is an introduction to the anthropology of two selected ethnographic regions. It comprises two consecutive sections, each consisting five lectures plus guided reading and dealing with a particular region. Regions change each academic year. In 2020-2021, the regions covered are Middle East and Britain.
Aims for Regional Studies of Culture, 2019-2020
• Students will gain an overview of the anthropological studies of each region from historical and contemporary perspectives.
• Students will understand the key themes and theories that have shaped a regional study.
• Students will learn to read ethnographic texts critically, and develop the skill of close reading and analysis of anthropological texts.
• Students will be able to recognize the anthropological arguments developed from comparisons between different studies and different cultures, and why they matter in wider anthropology.
• Students will develop skills in writing analytical and well-structured answers to essay questions.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, weekly tutorials, online discussions
70% One final 1000-word essay
20% Weekly exercises
10% Attendance and participation in class (5%) and online formative community exercises (5%).
Online personalised feedback will be given on each of the essays.
Feedback will also be given on online discussions and class participation
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|Arran Calvert||Unit coordinator|
|Michelle Obeid||Unit coordinator|
Length of Course: 12 weeks over one semester