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BASS Politics and Sociology
Year of entry: 2023
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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 2022-2023, the regions covered are Amazonia (Lowland South America) and Britain.
- 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
- 75% - One final 1500-word essay per block (block 1 essay due November; block 2 essay due in January);
- 25% - 4 x 250 word writing task;
Personalised feedback will be given on each of the essays.
Feedback will also be given on class participation
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|Chloe Nahum-Claudel||Unit coordinator|
|Katherine Smith||Unit coordinator|
Length of Course: 12 weeks over one semester