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Module

SOC1027 : Comparing Cultures

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Winkler-Reid
  • Lecturer: Professor Cathrine Degnen
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module introduces students to anthropology which is the study of human diversity and sameness. The module explores the amazingly varied ways that people across the world live, think and relate to one another, as well as the question of what is shared in the experience of being human. The module introduces students to the practice of ethnography - the direct, in-depth study of ways of life - which is at the heart of anthropology.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module explores five themes in five blocks of teaching focusing on: anthropology and ethnography; rites of passage and the life-course; belonging and identity; kinship; and place. Each theme will be explored through asynchronous mini-lectures, and films. Synchronous whole group ‘fire-side chats’, and question and answer sessions. Small group guided reading and activity sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a virtual exchange with anthropology students from IUPUI (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis), a university in Midwestern United States.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable