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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module ANTH40315: Academic and Professional Skills in Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

ANTH40315: Academic and Professional Skills in Anthropology

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None.
Tied to
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The aim of this module is to provide students with generic skills needed by all anthropologists for research and to help students translate their anthropology training into skills for employment.


  • advanced information and retrieval management skills
  • searching and applying for academic funding
  • public involvement in research
  • academic conferences, presentations, and posters
  • public communication of anthropology
  • academic publishing
  • statistical analysis in anthropology
  • selling anthropology and skills: interviews and cvs

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students should have received sufficient practical and theoretical training to enable them to continue to PhD level research or carry out applied anthropological employment in a variety of contexts
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students should be able to synthesise critically evaluate and present complex material, including data, models and theoretical arguments to academic audiences.
Key Skills:
  • Communication: Students should be able to express themselves clearly and concisely on technical topics, and explain why particular issues are important and/or controversial
  • Students should be able toengage with applied issues and communicate anthropological issues to a public audience.

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

  • Lectures and seminars as per nature of topics
  • Summative portfolio (5 assignments from 8)
  • Students will be provided with formative feedback prior to submitting their summative assignment

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 weekly 1 hour 10
Preparation and reading 140
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Skills Porfolio Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Skills portfolio 3000 words 100%%

Formative Assessment:

Feedback will be provided during class discussions. Skills portfolios will be formatively evaluated in discussion with each student during the last formal teaching session in Michaelmas 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