Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT1004: Introduction to Social Anthropology-Theorising the Everyday World

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Lecture topics for this module include:

-       People and things: houses, objects, materials

-       Worlds in and out of control: order, disorder and dirt

-       Power and resistance

-       Embodied culture

Typical questions for formative assignment and tutorial participation are:

1)      Do objects have social lives?

2)      How have anthropologists characterized life inside ‘total institutions’?

To what extent can the house be regarded as a  microcosm of a wider social order?

3)      Is culture embodied?

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 & Teaching22Eleven 2-hour lectures, involving group discussion and film screenings
Scheduled Learning & Teaching5Five 1-hour tutorials
Guided independent study33Weekly reading for lectures and tutorials
Guided independent study18Preparing tutorial presentation individually or in pairs
Guided independent study27Research and writing of formative essay
Guided independent study40Exam preparation (reading, library-based research)
Guided independent study5Web-based activities

Online Resources

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

ARD - Anthropology Review Database

Internet Anthropologist


SOSIG: Social Science Information Gateway

Anthropology Resources on the Internet

Other Learning Resources

ethnographic film