SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Food

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2016/2017
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year

Students taking this course identify an institution, organization or enterprise in which to work as an intern. The course is designed to afford students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an area closely related to their field of study and to situate such work experience squarely within the context of their field of study, providing the opportunity for guided reflection on the relationship between theory and practice. It is available only to students on the MA Anthropology of Food.


  • This Module is open only to students enroled on the MA Anthropology of Food and is capped at 5 places.
  • This is an internship placement that requires advance arrangements. Prospective students are advised to contact the convenor well before the term begins.
  • Students enrol via the online Module Sign-Up system. Students are advised of the timing of this process via email by the Faculty Office.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Students on the course will:

  • Gain valuable practical experience in a field of work related to their degree programme
  • Synthesize theoretical and practical forms of knowledge through: 
a) Applying theoretical ideas learned on their course of study to practical applications; and
 b) Grounding theoretical principals in a practical context
  • Identify potential career paths beyond their programme of study

Method of assessment

Course assessment will be based upon a 1,000 word proposal (20%); 2000-word annotated bibliography of works relevant to the internship they will be undertaking (30%); a 1000 word mid-term report (20%); and a 2000 word final report summarizing what has been done, what has been learned, and what if any career implications the work has had for them (30%).


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