Premaster Core Themes in Anthropology

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Doel vak

The aim of this course is to introduce Premasterstudents in Social and
Cultural Anthropology to the ways in which anthropology researches
societies and communities both nearby and far away.

Learning objectives

Knowledge and Understanding. The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the core subjects of anthropology;
(2) the basic concepts in anthropology;
(3) the main methodological approaches in anthropology;
(4) the basic theoretical perspectives, through a tour across 6
perennial themes in anthropology.

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(5) observe their own life-worlds from an anthropological perspective;
(6) realize the contingencies of their own cultural routines.

Inhoud vak

This introduction addresses the ways anthropology researches societies
and communities both nearby and far away. Six transversal themes
(embodying perennial themes in anthropology that will therefore return
in the subsequent courses in the “Anthropology Base”-cluster) will be
addressed: 1) the questions about the nature of “culture(s)”; 2) the
individual and society; 3) ties that bind (on the manifold
manifestations of belonging); 4) structure and agency; 5) the body; and
6) language, convictions and emic/etic categorizations. These themes are
however linchpins or hubs rather than the only substance of classes. In
the Introduction, also fieldwork and ethnographic methods; time and
space; kinship, gender and aging; hierarchies, power and politics;
economy, exchange and reciprocity; ritual; religion; ethnicity;
anthropology’s role in development issues; (collective) identities; and
globalization, will be introduced and explained in their relation to
anthropological approaches.


Lectures, guest lectures, documentaries and other audio-visual
illustrations, text analysis, class debates. Students will have access
to video-recordings of classes that were given earlier in the week.


-Mid-term exam, open questions (25% of final grade)
-final exam, open questions (75% of final grade)


-Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, 2010, Small Places, Large Issues. An
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (4th edition), London:
Pluto Press (approx.. 25 euro).
-Additional literature to be announced


Premaster students in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Overige informatie

Please note: This is the Premaster-version of "Core Themes in
Anthropology", and is open to Premaster students in Social and Cultural
Anthropology only.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_PMCTA
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 0
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. J.T. Sunier
Examinator prof. dr. J.T. Sunier
Docenten prof. dr. J.T. Sunier

Praktische informatie

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