Checking date: 22/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Cultural Anthropology
Bachelor in Cultural Studies (Plan: 435 - Estudio: 364)

Coordinating teacher: FUSCO , VIRGINIA

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities

Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
This course has a triple objective: firstly, the student must know the anthropological tradition with particular reference to the concept of culture, including the main dimensions of the anthropological approach to the study of a society from a cultural perspective. Secondly, the student will know the main topics of the subdiscipline of cultural anthropology. Finally, and most relevant, the student will become familiar with ethnographic methods, as instruments extended from anthropology to cultural studies: 1. The problem of an anthropological definition of culture. 2. Main anthropological components of culture: conventions of social order, rituals, and myths 3. Great schools of the contemporary anthropology 4. Relationship between ethnomethodology and cultural studies 5. The anthropological analysis of micro-rituals as a cultural analysis of daily life 6. Introduction to case studies as a method for cultural studies
Learning activities and methodology
METHODOLOGY 1. Main class: the teacher will present and contextualise some of the problems that will be addressed during the week. The students will have some basic Reading to help them focus on the subject matter. 2. Seminar: a student will present the material that was previously provided by the teacher (available in ¿aula global¿) and will lead the group discussion revolving around the text and the issues considered by the author. All the students will have to read the text before hand and take part in the discussion in class as a basic requirement of their evaluation.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Delaney, Carol, An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology. An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology. Blackwell. 2004
  • Eriksen, Thomas H. . Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology . Pluto Press. 1995
  • Geertz, Clifford . Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author. Polity Press. 1998
  • Herzfeld, Michael . Anthropology, Theoretical Practice in Culture and Society. Blackwell. 2001
  • Kuklick, Henrika . A New History of Anthropology. Blackwell. 2008
  • Kuper, Adam. Anthropology and Anthropologists. Routledge. 1996
  • Monaghan, John, and Peter Just. Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. 2000
  • Moore, Henrietta L. (ed.) . Anthropological Theory Today. Polity Press. 1999
  • Stocking, George (ed.). Observers Observed: Essays on Ethnographic Fieldwork. University of Wisconsin Press. 1984

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.