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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)


Department: ANTHROPOLOGY (HUMAN SCIENCES) [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Queen's Campus Stockton


  • Sociocultural Anthropology I or II or completion of MBBS Phase I (for students taking Intercalated BSc in Medicine and Human Sciences).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To give students: (1) A critical understanding of the scope of applied anthropology.
  • (2) A chance to reflect on ways of incorporating anthropology into a career.
  • (3) Experience of a variety of career-development strategies.


  • History and current scope of applied anthropology.
  • Ethics and anthropological research and practice.
  • Student motivations, aspirations, goals and values.
  • Career paths open to anthropologists.
  • Case studies in applied anthropology.
  • Self-presentation including the drafting of CVs and application letters and interviews.
  • The varieties of anthropological experience.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An appreciation of the ways in which anthropology has been applied in the past and the diverse ways in which graduates are currently using anthropology.
  • An awareness of the political and ethical issues arising in the application of anthropological knowledge.
  • Familiarity with specific contexts of application (such as health and development).
  • Knowledge of the practical steps involved in developing research strategies in relation to specific issues (reviewing information, prioritising, evaluating, reporting).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Retrieve information about jobs/ research/ further qualifications.
  • Construct an appropriate CV.
  • Review and evaluate one's skills and experience.
  • Prepare a research proposal/ submission.
Key Skills:
  • Communicate through written work.
  • Show initiative

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures.
  • Practicals
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops
  • Essay
  • Exam

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 11 Weekly 1 hour 11
Practicals 14 As per schedule 1-2 hours 19
Fieldwork 1 1x4 hours outreach visit 4 hours 4
Other (Workshops) 8 As per schedule 2 hours 16
Preparation and Reading 150
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2000 words to be submitted at the beginning of the Epiphany Term 100%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Seen examination in which each student writes a critical commentary using examples from both applied project-based learning exercises in which the students participated during the Michaelmas Term and the Epiphany Term 100%

Formative Assessment:

Two poster presentations, one from each of the problem-based learning exercises undertaken, one in the Michaelmas Term and one in the Epiphany Term.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University