Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Political Anthropology

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION This introduction to political anthropology covers both politics as a domain and the political dimensions of other domains (e.g. economics, religion, etc.) and of everyday life. Different aspects of power will be considered, together with prominent theorists, as well as different kinds of political systems. All issues will be illustrated using ethnographic cases drawn from around the world, past and present.

Learning Outcomes:

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

a) distinguish between different kinds of political systems;
b) distinguish between different kinds and dimensions of power;
c) appreciate the role of power relations in the maintenance and transformation of society and culture.

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

a) compare different forms of organisation with a view to locating shared and competing interests and leverage;
b) analyse organisational structures and situations in strategic and tactical terms.

Reading List:

Joan Vincent (ed.) The Anthropology of Politics: A Reader in Ethnography, Theory and Critique (Blackwell, 2002).


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Ranier Fsadni

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