Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT1032: Imagining Social Worlds Part 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks), term 2 (0 weeks) and term 3 (0 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Samantha Hurn (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In this module, you will learn how to approach books and other academic texts as the products of how sociologists and anthropologists imagine social worlds. You will study selected problems and questions in sociological research with a focus on ethnographic and qualitative research. You will develop strategies for gathering, evaluating and presenting material and evidence and formulate social scientific approaches to the key issues. In this way anthropological and sociological research can be understood as a process of imagining social worlds in particular ways. To familiarise you with this process, you will focus on an ever-changing social phenomenon - the city - and how it has been imagined by sociologists and anthropologists over the last 150 years. Through a close reading of a range of classic texts from urban anthropology and sociology, you will be encouraged to discuss the ways in which city has been analysed. Taking this close-up look will allow you to develop the ability to think conceptually and to formulate anthropological/social scientific approaches to key issues in the field.

Module created

1st October 2011

Last revised

2nd April 2012