Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2112: When Things Fall Apart: Social Infrastructures

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


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

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Susannah Crockford (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module examines how societies produce, maintain and alter their built environments. Through infrastructure, space is made into place, politics creates social possibilities, and inequalities are embedded in the physical-spatial structures of society. Infrastructure is most visible when it breaks down, but when it is functioning as designed it reveals what is considered a 'public good' and who should have access to its benefits. Readings for this module will be cross-cultural, and drawn from across anthropology, sociology, geography, and science and technology studies. The module will appeal to sociologists as well as anthropologists, and students from politics, geography, and science and technology studies, and it is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways. There are no prerequisites.

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