History and Theory of Anthropology


Course Objective

‘History and Theory of Anthropology’ is the second course in the
Anthropological Basics cluster. Our aim is to look at theory formation
as part of a continuous and historically situated debate on questions
about the 'other', difference, identity, power, and representation.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding. The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the history of the most important theoretical strands in the
anthropological discipline;
(2) the most important research fields, theories, concepts and debates
in anthropology.

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(3) critically assess and compare various theories, and apply them to
societal issues

Making judgements. The student is able to demonstrate:
(4) a critical attitude towards common assumptions within societies,
e.g. an ethnocentric perspective;
(5) the willingness to test assumptions and theories;
(6) the capacity to reflect on opportunities and obstacles regarding
anthropological theories and ethnographic research.

Course Content

The course presents an (historical) overview of
the main theoretical developments in the anthropological
discipline. Students will read classical and contemporary texts and
by studying these texts in the context of their respective times,
students will learn about the way research intentions, theoretical
assumptions and styles are historically and socially embedded. Special
attention will be given to counterpoints and contrasts to the
anthropological canon.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials.

Method of Assessment

Presentation assignments and a written exam.


To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).

Target Audience

1st year bachelor students in Cultural Anthropology and Development

General Information

Course Code S_HTA
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. P.G.A. Versteeg
Examiner dr. P.G.A. Versteeg
Teaching Staff dr. P.G.A. Versteeg

Practical Information

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Teaching Methods Study-group, Lecture, Study Group
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