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SA4870   The Anthropology of Crisis

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: Lecture - Monday 9-11am (followed by Seminar)

This module will focus on the anthropological understanding of a global era of social, political, economic and environmental upheaval; a period brimming with promises of dramatic change and revolutionary futures (utopian and dystopian), filled with hope, speculation, anxiety, apathy. This module explores how anthropologists approach what Veena Das called 'critical events', moments when our informants' worlds have been turned upside down. How do people understand their experiences of increased social suffering, insecurity, and material poverty?

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 hour lecture (10 weeks), 1 hour seminar (10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

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

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

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


Module coordinator: Dr D M Knight
Module teaching staff: Dr Daniel Knight
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