BASS Social Anthropology and Criminology

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Regional Studies of Culture: 1

Unit code SOAN10331
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Anthropology
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. 




Restricted Course


Aims for Regional Studies of Culture, 2021-2022

•          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


Assessment methods

70% One final 1000-word essay


20%  Weekly exercises


10%  Attendance and participation in class (5%) and online formative community exercises (5%).



Feedback methods

Online personalised feedback will be given on each of the essays.

Feedback will also be given on online discussions and class participation


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Caroline Parker Unit coordinator
Alexandra D'Onofrio Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Length of Course: 12 weeks over one semester


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