Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3114: Anthropology of the State
This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)
|Available via distance learning|
The module convenor is Dr Geoffrey Hughes.
Whether it’s a source of aspiration, hope, fear or mistrust, the state seems to preoccupy contemporary thinking across the political spectrum. But what exactly is the state? How are states different from other forms of socio-political organization? How did states emerge historically? What does it mean to be stateless, now and historically? In this module, you will learn how different social sciences study the state. You will then apply those analytical tools to a diverse range of case-studies highlighting how humans live with (and without) states.
This module is well-suited for students interested in politics and the human condition.