SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

301 Regional Perspectives in Anthropology (I)

Module Code:
155901515
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
6
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 1

This module introduces students to the ethnographic study of a particular "region", broadly conceived, viewed through a variety of interconnected topics that have been important in the anthropological literature. Drawing on the Anthropology Department's rich expertise in social and cultural phenomena across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas, each term provides the opportunity to explore a different set of classic and contemporary anthropological themes, including, amongst others, social organization, political economy, religion, gender and sexuality, race/ethnicity, personhood, the body, consumption, and identity politics, as they take shape in specific locales. The module also encourages students to consider how anthropological and historical understandings help us to recognize the fundamentally interconnected and global nature of any region or area, whose boundaries are often designated or shift as a result of colonial, post-colonial, and neo-colonial social processes and power relations.

Regions and topics vary from year to year, depending on staff availability and current research interests. For current-year regional/topical focus and module description, please contact the Anthropology Student Support Officer or the Undergraduate Tutor, or visit the Anthropology department office.

Prerequisites

For 2022/23: Guided option for Y2 and Y3 students on:

  • BA Social Anthropology
  • BA Social Anthropology and…

This module is also available as a School-wide Open Option (Year 2 or Year 3).

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Beginning in 2023/24, all Year 2 students must take either 301 Regional Perspectives in Anthropology (I) or 302 Regional Perspectives in Anthropology (II) as a compulsory element of the degree:

  • BA Social Anthropology
  • BA Social Anthropology and…

Whichever module (301 or 302) is not used to fulfill the compulsory requirement may be taken as an option.

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Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules