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- Basic knowledge of the discipline of social anthropology, familiarity with comparative analysis and its various cultural, sociological and political manifestations;- Familiarity with the relevant theoretical concepts, tools and field studies in social anthropology; basic knowledge of applied anthropology.- Ability to understand inter and cross-disciplinary perspectives.
History and theory
Week 1: Introduction (RM)
Week 2: British Anthropology (RM)
Week 3: American Anthropology (RM)
Week 4: French Anthropology: From the Durkheimians (Marcell Mauss and Maurice Halbwachs) to the structuralist anthropology of Claude Levi-Strauss (AH)
Week 5: Interpretative and evolutionary-ecological approaches to social anthropology: Clifford Geertz and Jared Diamond (AH)
In this session we will look at the interpretative approach of Clifford Geertz and at the modern evolutionary-ecological perspective of Jared Diamond. Although the two approaches are very different in their overall outlook and perspective, they share some common thematic ground.
Two cases and related field studies: Northern Ireland and the Basque Country
Week 6: Anthropology and Conflict - Northern Ireland (I)
This session will introduce the work of Rosemary Harris and her influential ethnographic study, Prejudice and Tolerance in Ulster. This provides a detailed account of a border community in pre-troubles Northern Ireland. The work is important as a stand alone ethnography and also because it paved the way for future generations of field research on identity, conflict studies and conflict theory.This session will also look at Frank Burton’s ‘Politics of Legitimacy’. Although a sociologist, Burton utilises an ethnographic approach to get an understanding of a Catholic community in Belfast at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1970s.
Week 7 (RM) Anthropology and Conflict - Northern Ireland (II)
Week 8: What does it mean to be Basque ? (I) Basque history in perspective (AH)
In this session we will look at what makes the Basque Country and its inhabitants so unique that they have become the subject of anthropological research and discussion. We will follow the development of the Basque Country from its historical foundations to the modern day, look at Basque identities and institutions and the role that the social sciences in general and social anthropology in particular have played in trying to find an answer to the question of what it means to be Basque.
Week 9: What does it mean to be Basque? (II): Cultural Peculiarities (AH)
In his acclaimed film Bertsolari (2012) director Asier Altuna investigates the art of cross-rhyme improvisational singing in Basque and the role and impact this performance art has on Basque culture and beyond .
Film: Bertsolari (Director: Asier Altuna; 85 min)
Week 10: What does it mean to be Basque? (III) Nationalism and political violence (AH)
Week 11: What does it mean to be Basque? (IV) The social and communal roots of Basque Nationalism (AH)
Week 12. The Limits of Anthropology? (RM)
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: End of term essay (3000 words) worth 80%.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Two film reviews each 500 words copied into one Word documents (worth 20% together)||Week 11||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Feedback will be provided on assessed coursework as individual comments published in the VLE, in group sessions at lectures/seminars, and/or in person during office hours as appropriate.
|Professor Andreas Hess||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Ruben Flores||Tutor|