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SA4864   Melanesian Anthropology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

Melanesia has long provided anthropology with some of its more challenging ethnographies, and stimulated theoretical developments regarding exchange, kinship, politics, gender and ecology. These domains will be explored through a discussion of the aesthetics of Melanesian sociality, tacking back and forth between current issues and earlier ethnographies, with the aim of apprehending the predicaments of contemporary life. We will also consider the continuing stimulus for anthropology, and discuss recent methodological moves which make deliberate borrowings from Melanesia. One objective will be to describe what a truly Melanesian anthropology would look like.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture, 1 seminar.

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 256

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination or Take-Home Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination or Take-Home Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%


Module teaching staff: Dr T Crook