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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


  • Levels 1 and 2 Human Sciences BA, Levels 1 and 2 Human Sciences BSc, Levels 1 and 2 Health and Human Sciences BSc, Sociocultural Anthropology I (ANTH2051) OR Sociocultural Anthropology II (ANTH2041), Phase I MBBS (Stages 1 + 2).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module is intended to build on key skills developed at Level One and Two (especially in communications skills, working with others and problem-solving).
  • It will encourage students to explore students to explore and better understand a number of core concepts in anthropology, including community, identity, belonging, individuality and place.
  • It will also provide a framework for the investigation of significant contemporary issues.


  • For returning Erasmus students the module will comprise 7 lectures and 7 classes, as well as two special tutorials.
  • The students will be provided with a set of readings to take abroad with them.
  • The readings given to Erasmus students will include extra items in addition to the readings given to non-Erasmus students.
  • These readings will include material that is covered in lectures that the students will not be able to attend during the Michaelmas term.
  • Students will also be given the full course handout before they leave.
  • Students will be asked to obtain three selected papers to take abroad with them.
  • They will write reviews of these papers as part of the summative assessment for the module.
  • The set of readings will provide the necessary background to enable them to produce the book review.
  • The subject matter will consist of an introduction to the kinds of themes common to anthropological studies of community.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this 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 (see 'Aims' above).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Furthermore, they will be able to compare and contrast more thoroughly skills.
  • Students will also have developed their reflexive skills.
Key Skills:
  • Communication.
  • Working with others.
  • Problem-solving.

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

  • Each theme will first be introduced and developed in a lecture.
  • Each lecture will be followed by a class facilitated by a small group of students drawing on reading lists prepared by the course tutor, in which all students will be given the opportunity to present their own point of view and comment on how issues presented in the lecture might have influenced their ideas.
  • Students will further develop their understanding of some of these issues in formative essay plans which will in turn be worked up into summative essays.
  • There will be a DUO site for this module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 7 Approx Fortnightly 1 hour 7
Tutorials 2 Beginning and middle of Epiphany Term 1 hour 2
Seminars 7 Approx Fortnightly 1 hour 7
Preparation and Reading 184
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Reviews Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Review 750 words 33.3%
Review 750 words 33.3%
Review 750 words 33.3%
Component: Essay Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 3500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

750 word essay plan with list of references. One class facilitation (in small group).

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