Checking date: 12/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Social Antropology
Dual Bachelor in Political Science and Sociology (Plan: 406 - Estudio: 247)


Department assigned to the subject: Social Analysis Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Introduction to Sociology
1. Ability to analyse cultural singularities 2. Crosscultural ethical commitment 3. Ability to understand cultural diversity 4. Ability to understand anthropological studies in the context of social sciences 5. Teamwork crossdisciplinary capacity 6. Training in crosscultural theoretical approaches 7. Ability to analyse crosscultural changes in contemporary societies 8. Ability to comunicate with different cultures 9. Skills to implement research etnographic methodology
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Didactic unit I - Theoretical and methodological dimensions 1. Concept and scope of Social Anthropology 2. Anthropological methodology and techniques 3. Historical evolution of anthropological thought 4. Applied Anthropology to the contemporary context Didactic unit II - Cultural diversity as knowledge of societies and their institutions 5. Cultural pluralism and the right to difference 6. Organisation of kinship and family forms 7. Economic and political Anthropology 8. Mythology rituals and beliefs
Learning activities and methodology
The lecturer will explain the theoretical contents in the context of interactive lessons with different types of etnographic material. Apart from that students will work on the following: Workgroup: At the beginning of the term, the lecturer will propose different research topics to students. These will form working groups composed of 3-4 people, according to their research interests. Working groups will be tutored by the lecturer in the classroom and/or individually according to the needs of each group. Individual work: 1. Accomplishment of different practical exercises which may be about texts or audiovisual material 2. Students have to compulsory read and discuss in depth a book of Anthropology based on one or several ethnographic pieces of work. A selection of possible options will be available for this purpose at the beginning of the term. Students will also conduct two exercises based on audiovisual material in the classroom with subsequent sharing of views. The weekly timetable for tutorials will be announced in due time
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • BALANDIER, G.. Political Anthropology. Pantheon Books. 1970
  • BAUMAN, Z.. Liquid fear. Polity. 2006
  • BEATTIE, J.. Other cultures. Free Press. 1968
  • BOHANNAN, P.. We, the Alien: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Waveland Pr Inc. 1991
  • BOHANNAN, P. y GLAZER, M.. High Points In Anthropology. McGraw Hill Humanities. 1988
  • BONTE, P.. Diccionario de Etnología y Antropología. Akal, 1996.
  • BOURDIEU, P.. Masculine dominance. Stanford University Press. 2002
  • CALVO BUEZAS, T. y BARBOLLA CAMARERO, D.. Antropología. Teorías de la cultura. Métodos y Técnicas. Abecedario. 2006
  • CAÑEDO RODRÍGUEZ, M. y MARQUINA ESPINOSA, A. (eds.). Antropología Política. Bellaterra. 2010
  • EVANS-PRITCHARD, E. E.. History of Anthropological thought. Faber and Faber. 1981
  • GARCÍA CANCLINI, N.: os. Ed. . Diferentes, Desiguales y Desconectad. Gedisa. 2008
  • GEERTZ, C.. The uses of diversity. The University of Michigan. 1985
  • GEERTZ, C.. The interpretation of cultures. Basic Books. 1977
  • GIDDENS, A.. Runaway world: How Globalization is Reshaping Our Lives . Routledge. 2002
  • GLEDHILL, J.. Power and Its Disguises. LPC Group. 1994
  • GODELIER, M.. The Enigma of the Gift. University of Chicago Press. 1999
  • GRAEBER, D.. En deuda. Ariel. 2012
  • Guber, R. . La etnografía, método, campo y reflexividad. Siglo XXI.. 2015
  • HAMMERSLEY, M. y ATKINSON, P.. Ethnography: Principles in Practice. Routledge. 1989
  • HANNERZ, U.. Transnational Connections: Culture, People, Places. Routledge. 1996
  • HANNERZ, U. . Conexiones transnacionales. Cultura, gente, lugares. Cátedra. 1998
  • HARRIS, M.. Cultural Anthropology. Allyn & Bacon. 2002
  • Igold. T. . Antropología, ¿por qué importa?. Alianza editorial. Madrid.. 2020
  • JUARISTI, J.. El bucle melancólico. Espasa Calpe, 1997.
  • KAPLAN, D. y MANNERS, R.. Anthropological Theory. Aldine Transaction. 2007
  • KOTTAK, C. P.. Cultural Anthropology. McGraw-Hill. 2003
  • KUHN, T.. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press. 1996
  • KUPER, A.. The Anthropologists' Cookbook. Kegan Paul Intl. 1997
  • Kottak, C.P. . Introducción a la antropología cultural. McGraw Hill. Madrid.. 2019
  • LLOBERA, J.. La antropología como ciencia. Anagrama, 1975.
  • LÉVI-STRAUSS, C.. The Savage Mind (Nature of Human Society). University of Chicago Press. 1968
  • MAIR, L.. An Introduction to Social Anthropology. Oxford University Press. 1972
  • MAUSS, M.. Sociology and Psychology: Essays. Routledge & Kegan Paul . 1979
  • NAVARRO, P.. Sociedades, pueblos y culturas. Salvat, 1984.
  • PAREKH, B.. Repensando el multiculturalismo. Ismo, 2005.
  • POLANYI, K.. El Sustento del Hombre. Capitan Swing.
  • REYES, R.. Diccionario crítico de ciencias sociales. Plaza y Valdés, 2009.
  • SANTAMARÍA, E.. "La incógnita del extraño". Antropos, 2002.
  • VALLE, T.. Perspectivas feministas desde la antropología social. Ariel, 2000.
  • WOLF, E.. Anthropology. W. W. Norton Company. 1974
Additional Bibliography
  • Barley, N.. The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut . Penguin Books Ltd. 1986
  • Barley, N.. A plague of caterpillars. Penguin Books Ltd. 1987
  • Bauman, Z.. Liquid fear. Polity. 2006
  • Bohannan, P. and Glazer, M.. High points in Anthropology. McGraw-Hill. 1988
  • Clastres, P.. Society Against the State: Essays in Political Anthropology. Zone Books. 1990
  • Evans-Pritchard, E. E. . The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People. OUP USA. 1987
  • Harris, M. . Cows, Pigs, Wars & Witches: The Riddles of Culture . Vintage. 1989
  • Harris, M. . Why Nothing Works: The Anthropology of Daily Life. Simon & Schuster. 1981
  • Lévi Strauss, C.. Tristes Tropiques. Penguin. 1992
  • Mead, M.. Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation. William Morrow & Company. 2001
  • Pitt-Rivers, J. A.. The People of the Sierra. University of Chicago Press. 1972
  • Pitt-Rivers, J. A.. Un pueblo de la sierra: Grazalema. Alianza. 1989
  • Rabinow, P. . Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco. University of California Press. 2007
  • Rappaport, R. A.. Pigs for the Ancestors: Ritual in the Ecology of a New Guinea People. Waveland Pr Inc. 2000
  • Restrepo, Eduardo. Etnografía: alcances, técnicas y éticas. Lima: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.. 2018
  • Santamaría, E. . La incógnita del extraño. Antropos.
  • Tuiavii de Tiavea. The papalagi peace elements.
  • Velasco, H. (comp). Lecturas de antropología social y cultural. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Madrid.. 2020

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