SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

101A Anthropology in and of the World: An Introduction (A)

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Term 1

What is anthropology about and what do anthropologists do?

This module gives an introduction to anthropology as both an academic discipline and a practice. Students are introduced to the broad scope of contemporary social/cultural anthropology through a number of core themes in the discipline, such as culture and society, religion, kinship and relatedness, gender and sexuality, social inequality, exchange relations, social identities, mobilities, and global interconnectivity. We will also discuss the methods and ethical issues involved in anthropological field research. A key point throughout will be that for anthropologists, it is only through detailed ethnographic knowledge that theoretical ideas can be grasped and assessed.

For the next term, see 101B Anthropology in and of the World.


Compulsory for all Year 1 students on:

  • BA Social Anthropology
  • BA Social Anthropology and...

This module is also a School-wide Open Option. No prerequisites.


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