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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 Not 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 intercalculated BSc in Medicine and Human Sciences.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module is intended to build on key skills developed at Level One and Two (especially in communication skills, working with others and problem solving).
  • It will encourage students to explore and better understanding a number of core concepts in anthropology, including community, identity, belonging, individuality and place.


  • this module, comprising 14 lectures and 14 classes consists of an analysis of significant anthropological research carried out in Britain.
  • Content includes a thorough historical overview of community studies, then sessions on a variety of connected themes: family and kinship, friendship, formal institutions (eg schools, hospitals), work, leisure, sport and the arts, religion, tourism and the impact of globalisation.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have a good grasp of the range of anthropological fieldwork carried out in Britain and the contribution of this research to theoretical developments in the discipline.
  • They will understand more clearly a number of core concepts in anthropology skills.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Furthermore, they will be able to compare and contrast cases more thoroughly (see aims above) .
  • Students will also have developed their reflexive skills.
Key Skills:
  • Problem-solving

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

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Essays.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 14 Approx Fortnightly 1 hour 14
Seminars 12 Approx Fortnightly 1 hour 12
Preparation and Reading 174
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Essays Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 1 - start of term 2 2500 words 40%
Essay 2 - start of term 3 3000 words 60%

Formative Assessment:

Each student will, in a small group, facilitate two classes.

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