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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module ANTH30A7: Exhibiting Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

ANTH30A7: Exhibiting Anthropology

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • ANTH2051 Politics & Economics OR ANTH2161 Kinship & Religion or ANTH2217 Debating Anthropology & Archaeology


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To learn how to communicate anthropological knowledge and/or theory using ethnographic artefacts.
  • To work creatively and collaboratively with a selection of objects of your choice .
  • To curate a display case on a theme of your choice.
  • To conduct your own research into material culture appropriately contextualised.
  • To appreciate the aesthetics, politics and ethics of representing other cultures.
  • To gain practical skills in museum display and public communication.


  • The module will introduce you to issues pertaining to the display of ethnographic objects
  • The module will introduce you to the study of material culture, particularly situating objects in cultural context.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • At the end of the module, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of current knowledge and intensive understanding in museum ethnography.
  • Deploy analytical and practical skills specific to exhibiting ethnographic objects.
  • Be competent in accessing and assimilating specialised research literature of an advanced nature.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • In depth knowledge of material culture and museological issues, with emphasis on interpretation and comprehensive understanding of primary or secondary data.
Key Skills:
  • Preparation and effective communication of research methods, data, interpretation and arguments in written form.
  • Ability to arrange museum type displays and contextualise culturally.

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

  • Classes will integrate lecture, discussion and practical components.
  • Lecture elements will provide students with an outline of key knowledge and debates in the museological area, discuss some relevant literature that students can explore, and provide examples and cases studies. Discussion sessions will develop topics introduced in lectures and encountered in arranging ethnographic displays to prepare students for their summative assignment.
  • Practical components will provide students with hands-on experience of research involving material objects.
  • Student preparation and reading time will allow engagement with specific references as appropriate to selected display topics related to the assessment, which will be a display and written report).
  • Summative assessment: A display cabinet of selected objects (or, if we are obliged to engage in distance learning, aA virtual display cabinet of objects of your choice on a theme of your choosing (this may be a drawing or an electronic production)). The display forms 50% of your mark for this module.
  • Summative assessment: A Record of Research documenting the research background and development of your display project. The RoR forms the other 50% of your mark.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lecture/practical 10 Weekly 2 hours (continuous) 20

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: %
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Research project 1500 words 50%
Ethnographic display 50%

Formative Assessment:

Project proposal. A draft Record of Research (500 words), including a working title, a list of objects, bullet-point notes/ description of planned display, list of 4 - 8 key references with brief sentence on each.

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