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Course module: 201800017
Cultural Anthropology 3: History and Theory in Anthropology
Course infoSchedule
Course code201800017
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (Bachelor Elaborating)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Cultural Anthropolgy;
Contact personprof. dr. R.E. Bryant
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. R.E. Bryant
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prof. dr. R.E. Bryant
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D. Henig
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2021 to 23/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: MON-afternoon, TUE-afternoon,THU-morning
Study mode
RemarkNumber of participants is limited. Placement rules apply to registration. CA students go before.
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processniet van toepassing
The student acquires knowledge of questions central to anthropological inquiry and how, over time, anthropology has addressed those questions.
  • By examining the ways in which these central questions have been addressed over time, the student gains insight into changes in anthropology’s self-conception.
  • Through understanding changes in the ways that anthropologists conceive of their discipline, the student will also engage with debates about the nature, practice, and ethics of the ethnographic method.
The course is structured around five fundamental questions that have shaped anthropological inquiry and the development of the discipline:
  • What is society?
  • What is culture?
  • How are societies organized?
  • What holds societies together?
  • What makes societies run?
With these questions to guide us, we will explore the evolution of anthropological thought about its main subject matter, namely, society and culture, and the methods that should be used to understand what they are and how they work. For each question, we will examine how society, culture, and their organization and function emerged as problems for anthropology, and the methods and theories that anthropologists have employed to explain them. We will use a variety of readings, from classical anthropological texts to more recent ones, to chart a history of anthropological thought that pays particular attention to ethnographic method and questions of ethics in fieldwork. Readings assignments will be available on Blackboard.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Prerequisite knowledge
Het verdient aanbeveling dat de student op de hoogte is van de basisbegrippen van de culturele antropologie.
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
201100014: Culturele Antropologie 1: inleiding in de Culturele Antropologie, 201100020: Culturele Antropologie 2: perspectief en relevantie
Required materials
Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, and Finn Sievert Neilsen, A History of Anthropology (New York: Pluto Press, 2001). ISBN: 0 7453 1385 X.
To be announced
Instructional formats


Class session preparation
Lezen van verplichte literatuur.


Work group

Class session preparation
Discussie voorbereiden. Specifieke voorbereidingen worden bekend gemaakt in de cursushandleiding van de cursus op Blackboard, waarin staat aangegeven wat voor elke bijeenkomst moet worden voorbereid.

Contribution to group work
Met een constructieve, actieve en creatieve werkhouding deelnemen aan werkgroepbijeenkomsten en aan de uitvoer van de groepsopdracht.

Test weight20
Minimum grade5.5

Take home prelim 1
Test weight40
Minimum grade5.5

Take home prelim 2
Test weight40
Minimum grade5.5

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