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ANTH1001 Exploring Other Cultures

Module Overview

We understand that few students have had the previous opportunity to study social and cultural anthropology. In this introductory module you will consider questions like: What is anthropology? What do anthropologists study? What is it like to do anthropological research, often living in a community for a long period of time, learning their language and participating in their daily lives? How did anthropology originate? How have other cultures been represented in accounts written about their lives? What is the significance of anthropology and understanding other ways of life in the contemporary global world? We explore these issues through using different examples from across the world. We learn more about people's everyday lives, about their families, their relationships, their beliefs and their livelihoods. We investigate how people from different cultures make decisions, how they choose their leaders, and whether being male or female, old or young makes a difference to how people are perceived. In summary, we explore the many different ways of what it means to be human.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the development of anthropology.
  • Recognise and formulate social science questions.
  • Use theoretical perspectives and concepts in anthropology at an introductory level.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse beliefs and practices of other cultures.
  • Appreciate that the study of other cultures should be approached from a non-ethnocentric perspective.
  • Engage with anthropological concepts and ideas and express them in verbal and written form.
  • Apply the application of theoretical perspectives and concepts, at a basic level, to empirical data.
  • Demonstrate your respect for others’ reasoned views.
  • Develop your capacity to engage in critical analysis.
  • Acquire basic skills is using libraries and accessing different sources of information.
  • Identify, select and evaluate appropriate data and evidence from social science sources.


Anthropology actively studies people in real-life settings in order to investigate the crucial roles that culture and social organisation play in their lives. The small-scale community focus of the discipline will draw you into the lives of people throughout the world, thus forcing a comparative global understanding of human phenomena such as 'political and economic systems' 'culture' and 'society' from the lives of people who live them in everyday situations. In effect, anthropology studies all things to do with humanity in terms of how people make life both meaningful and eventful on their own terms. The module also allows you to consider how anthropologists collect their data, how the discipline has developed through time, and will enable you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the discipline's methodological approaches and conclusions. Areas of human life that we will explore will range from 'race' to gender, from conflict to love, and from religion to aid and development. If you've ever wondered what life is all about, then this module will give you some interesting and diverse answers.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Two lectures a week and one discussion seminar every fortnight.

Independent Study129
Total study time158

Resources & Reading list

Hylland-Eriksen, T. (2010). Small Places, Large Issues. 


Assessment Strategy

You will normally be required to resit the failed element(s) of the module unless you have gained sufficient marks to pass the unit overall. Mode of assessment for resit and retake will be indicated by your Module Booklet.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 60%
Review paper 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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