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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 Tied Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Queen's Campus Stockton
Tied to B991


  • Methods & Analysis I: Research Techniques (HUSS2101) AND Methods and Analysis II: Research Project (HUSS2111) OR Phase I MBBS.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Dissertation (Biological Anthropology), Dissertation (Social Anthropology).


  • The module enables students to carry out an independent piece of work and to apply and put into practice research, writing, and analytical skills acquired as they have progressed from Level 1 (anthropological study and research methods) to Level 2 (methods and analysis).


  • With guidance from a member of staff the student will select a topic of his/her choice in the field of medical anthropology.
  • Alternatively, the student might participate in a collaborative research project under the supervision of a member of staff.
  • A supervisor will be allocated to each student and he/she will meet with the member of staff individually and/or in a group to discuss the different stages of writing the dissertation.
  • These will include: initial design of research project, literature review, data-collection methods, theoretical framework, formulation of hypothesis, quantitative/qualitative data analysis, presentation of data, bibliography, layout and format.
  • No restrictions will be placed upon the location of the fieldwork, but it is expected that it will ordinarily be conducted in the UK.
  • In the event that the student wishes to carry out fieldwork abroad, the supervisor will be responsible for advising the student about the potential risks.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed understanding, based on primary research, of an appropriate topic within the subfield of medical anthropology.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to manage such a project throughout its various stages, including: planning, design, data collection, analysis and presentation of results.
  • Competence in the use of methodologies appropriate to the study of medical anthropology.
Key Skills:
  • Produced a dissertation that compiles with the accepted norms and practices of academic writing.

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

  • Lectures.
  • Consultations.
  • Dissertation.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 4 1 hour 4
Consultation with Supervisor 10 1 hour 10
Preparation and Reading 386
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
dissertation of 9000 - 12000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Submission of draft Literature Review (approximately 2000 words).

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