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Social Anthropology consists of the cross-cultural understanding of humankind largely through ethnographic research and analysis. This subject offers an advanced introduction to the Anthropology of Development. It considers, in turn: anthropological critiques of Development culture, assumptions, models and policies; the efforts of anthropologists to place the experiences and viewpoints of ordinary people in sites of Development at the centre of Development research and practice; and key ideas in the Anthropology of Development – from the ‘sub-culture of poverty’ thesis to economic substantivism to Dependency and World Systems Theory, and to Post-Structuralist approaches to understanding Development. Team taught, the Anthropology of Development explores these issues through a range of ethnographic case studies from Africa; Central & Eastern Europe; Latin America, South Asia, and South East Asia.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject should have:
- an understanding of the anthropological perspective;
- advanced understanding of the history of Anthropology in Development Studies and Development practice;
- advanced understanding of anthropological critiques of and within Development Studies and Development practice;
- advanced understanding of the main theories, concepts and debates in the Anthropology of Development; and
- an understanding of core anthropological and ethnographic studies for Development Studies of Africa; Central & Eastern Europe; Latin America, South Asia, and South East Asia.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- exercise critical analytical skills;
- apply research skills;
- demonstrate ability in making oral presentations; and
- demonstrate skills in working independently and being members of a team.
Last updated: 29 October 2019