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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module ANTH1111: Being Human: An Introduction to the History and Practice of Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

ANTH1111: Being Human: An Introduction to the History and Practice of Anthropology

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to L601
Tied to L602
Tied to B991
Tied to LF64
Tied to LL36
Tied to LMV0
Tied to CFG0
Tied to LA01


  • None.


  • A minimum of 40 credits of Level 1 Anthropology modules, in addition to ANTH1111.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To introduce students to the history and goals of anthropology.
  • To introduce students to the major theoretical developments of anthropology.


  • History of the major developments in theory and practice in social and biological anthropology.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will be able to understand the broad history and development of Anthropology.
  • Become familiar with the key ideas and theories that have underpinned anthropological practice.
  • Value the role of relevant critical literature.
  • Gain fluency in subject specific terminology.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Critically and comparatively analyse and evaluate anthropological material and approaches.
  • Apply subject related knowledge from the course to the evaluation of an anthropological issue.
  • Develop the ability to pursue independent research in anthropology and related fields.
  • Develop academic writing skills in anthropology.
Key Skills:
  • Communicate arguments and evidence through written work. 
  • Plan, organise and manage time to meet deadlines. 
  • Show initiative to independently find resources on their chosen assessment topics. 
  • Develop critical and argumentative faculties. 
  • Support interpretations with relevant evidence.

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

  • Lectures will provide students with an outline of key knowledge and debates in the topic area, discuss the literature that students should explore, and provide relevant examples and cases studies.
  • Tutorials will develop topics introduced in lectures and/or required reading to analyse aspects or case studies in greater depth and to prepare students for their summative assignment.
  • Student preparation and reading time will allow engagement with specific references in advance of tutorials and general and particular reading related to the summative assessment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 Weekly 1 hour 20
Tutorials 6 3 each term 1 hour 6
Preparation & Reading 174
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 1 2000 words 50% Yes
Essay 2 2000 words 50% Yes

Formative Assessment:

1. 500 word draft essay for Essay 1. 2. 500 word draft essay for Essay 2.

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