Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Anthropologists at Work

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is an introduction to how social and cultural anthropologists work in the contemporary world. It does this in three parts. First, it looks at the work of academic anthropologists - from fieldwork to writing up - and the difference it can make to the understanding of public issues. Second, it also looks at careers and paths open to people with anthropological training beyond academe: in the media, activism, development and elsewhere. Third, thanks to detailed discussion of anthropological writing on public and global issues (such as bird hunting in Malta, the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world, financial traders just before the 2008 crash, and the Occupy movement), students will begin to learn how to think and write anthropologically on issues that matter to them.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To give students a broad sense of what anthropologists do, the transferable skills that anthropology imparts and the careers open to people with an anthropological training;
- To teach students the basics of academic writing;
- To teach students how anthropologists, specifically, write and think.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Know what's required (and why) in academic writing;
- Understand anthropology's potential applications to public and global issues;
- Distinguish between the aims and techniques of reporting, explaining and interpreting of human behaviour.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Be a better academic writer in the fields of the humanities and human sciences;
- Think more imaginatively about the application of anthropology to public and non-academic questions;
- Organise and execute his or her writing better - from the stage of generating ideas to drafting to copy-editing.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

A class reader will be compiled of relevant texts. No essential texts need to be ordered.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Ranier Fsadni

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