Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Locating the Anthropology of the Mediterranean

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences


This course for Year 1 students is an introduction to certain key themes of the anthropology of the Mediterranean.


Various arrangements of power, wealth and belief will be explored to see how they shape core areas of social and cultural life; for example, political experience, sexuality and gender relations, moral sentiments, and family structures. The approach will be comparative and will address debates concerning the unity of the Mediterranean. At the end of the course, students should have a better understanding of both the peoples of the Mediterranean and how Mediterraneanist anthropology has developed over the years.

Reading List:

- Argyrou, Vassos, Tradition and Modernity in the Mediterranean: the Wedding as Symbolic Struggle (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996);
- Herzfeld, Michael, The Poetics of Manhood, reprint edition (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1988);
- Peristiany, J.G. (ed.), Honour and Shame: the Values of Mediterranean Society (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974).

Method of teaching:



Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Paul Sant Cassia
David E. Zammit

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