SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year

The major concepts, traditions and debates within anthropology are introduced in this course. Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology is the foundation course for students enrolled in any of the Anthropology MA degree programmes. As such it is a requirement for all students on the MA Social Anthropology, the MA Anthropology of Food and the MA Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability. It is also available as an option for students on the MA Migration and Diaspora Studies. One hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial per week. A full outline of topics and readings is circulated at the beginning of the course.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, students will:

  • have acquired a sense of the historical shifts in the discipline;
  • be able to engage with and evaluate the debates and arguments that have made these shifts possible;
  • be familiar with a series of very important theoretical trends;
  • be equipped with key analytical concepts.


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