Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2114: Anthropology of the State

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Geoffrey Hughes (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The module convenor is Dr Geoffrey Hughes.

Whether it’s a source of aspiration, hope, fear or mistrust, the state seems to preoccupy contemporary thinking across the political spectrum. But what exactly is the state? How are states different from other forms of socio-political organization? How did states emerge historically? What does it mean to be stateless, now and historically? In this module, you will learn how different social sciences study the state. You will then apply those analytical tools to a diverse range of case-studies highlighting how humans live with (and without) states.
This module is well-suited for students interested in politics and the human condition.

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