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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Anthropology


Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Students should acquire a thorough grounding in the history and development of anthropological studies of law and politics
  • Students should understand the potential application of anthropological studies in governance and policy development


  • Legal anthropology
  • Conflict resolution mechanisms
  • Political anthropology

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have an anthropological understanding of ways in which people negotiate conflict and regulate behaviours
  • Be familiar with a broad range of social science research that contributes to understanding of politics and law
  • Be familiar with relevant ethnographic research from one or more regions of the world that provides useful illustrative material to apply to the understanding of more general theory.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Critically and comparatively analsye and evaluate anthropological literature on politics and law through the selection and application of appropriate explanatory theory.
  • Apply subject related knowledge from the course to the evaluation of current local and world affairs
  • Develop the ability to pursue independent research in anthropology and related fields
Key Skills:
  • Communicate complex abstract ideas through written work.
  • Plan organise and manage time to meet deadlines.
  • Show initiative to independantly find resources on their chosen assessment topics to independantly apply to the evaluation of theory
  • Be computer literate to produce word processed material and access data.

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

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Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 14 Throughout term 1 hour 14
Seminars 12 Fortnightly 1hour 12
Tutorials 3 1/term 1 hour 3

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 5000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Tutorial presentation to tutor

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