Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ANT3006

 
TITLE Political Anthropology

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

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
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.

Skills
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).

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Ranier Fsadni

 
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