ANTH1005 - Introduction to Social Anthropology

Term 1 and Term 2


The first part of the course introduces students to the role of culture in defining humanity and how anthropologists study it, the role of politics in society, with principles and types of political organisation in both small and large-scale societies, and with aspects of religious belief and practice such as witchcraft, magic, belief and initiation. It also considers the local and global integration of these societies. In Term 2 the course explores economics and kinship by examining the evolution of economic organisation, focussing especially on peasant and industrialized societies, asking how economists' and anthropologists' approaches might be combined. How people construct their relatedness is explored through kinship terminology, conceptions of the relations between bodies, family, household and houses, and by exploring the role of kin-based societies within the global political order. Readings (2-3 per week) are a mixture of book chapters and journal articles.


Taught by: Dr Jerome LewisDr Michael Stewart, Dr Alex Pillen
Assessmen Non-assessed Essays + 3 hour examination 100%
Student Contact Hours:
2 hour lecture + 1 hour tutorial per week
Prerequisites: None. Core course for first-year Anthropology students.
Option Type:
Social Anthropology

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