Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT1005: Introduction to Social Anthropology: Exploring Cultural Diversity

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Lecture topics for this module may include:

-       Studying the ‘other’: the emergence of the anthropological perspective

-       Anthropology and its colonial legacies

-       Matters of nature and culture: kinship and gender

-       Of witches and fallen gods: thinking in different modes

-       Senses of place, qualities of time: questioning ontologies

Typical questions for formative assignments and tutorial presentations are:

  1. What is ethnography? What forms does it take and what are its premises?
    1. Why study kinship? How would social anthropologists answer this question?
    2. Why did Captain Cook have to die? And why have anthropologists argued about it?
    3. People across the world perceive different qualities of time. Without clocks, would we be living unstructured lives?

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