Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT1009: Theories and Approaches in Anthropology

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Precursors: Marx, Durkheim, Weber
  • Theorizing the social
  • Functionalism and structural functionalism
  • Process and conflict
  • Structuralism
  • Practice
  • Power and resistance
  • Interpretivism and cultural hermeneutics
  • Postmodernism
  • Critique of culture
  • Theory in anthropology

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 and Teaching Activity16.5Weekly 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity11Weekly 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent Study33Reading of the set texts for weekly lectures and the tutorials
Guided Independent Study11Writing weekly response papers
Guided Independent Study30Additional reading under the guidance of the lecturer
Guided Independent Study20Preparation and writing of the essay
Guided Independent Study28.5Recapitulation of reading done throughout the term; preparation of essay plans; portfolio revision, etc.

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