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This is the Capstone subject for students majoring in Anthropology. Focusing on contemporary issues (such as relatedness, identity, personhood, value, modernity and embodiment) that have been encountered through the course of the Anthropology major, the subject is designed to enable students to reflect on and demonstrate what they have learned about anthropology as a discipline. Its format thus differs from other subjects, being built around a series of seminars that explore actual research projects of staff in the anthropology program and how, in each case, theory and ethnography inform the research process. Students will also work together in small groups to critically analyse and contextualise a particular ethnography, developing research and teamwork skills in doing so. The aims of the subject thus are simultaneously theoretical and practical; it will provide students with experience in recognising how theory shapes the ways questions are both asked and answered, and with the ways that 'doing' anthropology in turn shapes theory.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- apply critical analytical skills to explore how comparative perspectives and a tradition of ethnographic enquiry can inform developments in theory, and conversely, how theories inform the research process;
- examine in detail the interplay between historical and contemporary evidence and theory in relation to key topics in social and cultural anthropology;
- demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of written and oral formats;
- demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with peers.
Last updated: 3 November 2022