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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 Aims

This module aims:

- To help you  develop a critical, nuanced, and self-confident understanding of key concepts, theories and schools within anthropology.

- To raise your awareness of the importance of cultural, socio-economic and political factors that have shaped, and continue to shape, the study of anthropology.

- To help you explore the interdisciplinary relationships between anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.

- To provide you with opportunities interrogate difficult texts for nuances and layers of meaning, styles and strategies of reasoning, as well as tensions and contradictions. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate systematic understanding of the canon of anthropological literature and coherent and detailed knowledge of key historic developments in the history of the discipline;
2. understand major historical debates in the discipline and critically evaluate their potentials and limitations ;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. critically develop theoretical ideas by making use of primary sources in anthropological literature;
4. demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and theories in the discipline;
5. demonstrate awareness of contextual factors impacting on the study of cultural and physical diversity of humans, and ethical and political dilemmas resulting from this;
Personal and Key Skills6. access and interpret difficult texts in order to develop an original project;
7. devise and sustain an original argument based on close interpretation of texts; and
8. communicate effectively in written and verbal form