Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT1005: Introduction to Social Anthropology: Exploring Cultural Diversity

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


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

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Tom Rice (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to the methods and perspectives of social/cultural anthropology. You will encounter a broad range of case studies in different social and cultural settings, from kinship in a Malay fishing community, to witchcraft in post-apartheid South Africa, to ways of reading the landscape among the Apache of North America. Although the focus is on the study of human cultural diversity and social organisation, we will also consider the historical processes and colonial legacies that have shaped the discipline.

This module does not require any prior knowledge, but a general curiosity about how people live in different parts of the world is helpful. The module is a core module for those students taking Anthropology as part of Flexible Combined Honours or Combined Honours degrees, but can be taken as an option module by students taking any degree. This module is combined well with ANT1004 taught in term 2.

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