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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3051: The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

 1: Introduction

 2: The Enlightenment Paradox: Kant on Race and Cosmopolitanism

 3: Charles Darwin and the Evolution of Mankind

 4: Friedrich Engels and the Origin of the Family

5: Franz Boas and the Critique of Race

6: Marcel Mauss on Exchange

 7: Bronislaw Malinowski: Anthropology and Psychoanalysis

 8: Claude Lévi-Strauss and Structuralism

 9: Mary Douglas and the Anthropology of Religion

 10: Jack Goody and the Impact of Literacy

 11: Summary


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity22 11 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study44Module reading
Guided Independent Study62Essay writing
Guided Independent Study22Seminar preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


Anthropology Online. Alexander Street Press. Access through Electronic Library.

JSTOR. Access through Electronic Library.

Internet Archive.

Bioheritage Online Library.