Anthropology: an Introduction

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2019/20
Vaknaam Anthropology: an Introduction
Niveau(s) universitaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 7.5

Uitgebreide vaknaam Anthropology: an Introduction
Leerdoelen The module provides students with an overview of some of the main themes in social and cultural anthropology. Students will be able to identify key anthropological questions, to outline crucial concepts in the discipline and explain the value and dilemmas of anthropological methods. Moreover, they learn to critically engage with a selected in-depth study in the anthropology of religion.
Omschrijving Anthropology, as understood here, deals with humans as social and cultural beings. Humans everywhere organize themselves, thereby giving rise to various forms of social structures which anthropologists study under headings like kinship, age, gender, caste or class. Such structures are expressed, reproduced and modified in ritual processes. Further, humans not only arrange themselves into groups of various kinds but also devise rules that are supposed to regulate social life. In addition, they create an ideal vision of their society in the shape of religious beliefs and cosmologies. Anthropologists study and compare how all this is achieved – and contested – around the globe, in the present as well as through history.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm lectures and seminars
(lectures and seminars)
(assignment(s), presentation(s), written examination)
Vaksoort bachelor
Docent(en) dr. P. Berger
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Social & Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, 2000, University Press

Monaghan, J. and P. Just ca. €  24,00
Opmerkingen Note:
  • Only buy the Monaghan & Just edition of the year 2000! Many copies are available second hand and the book is electronically available via the library.
  • Lectures will be in English; student presentations and discussions will also be in Dutch; exam and critical book review can be written in Dutch or English.
  • Active participation in a work group is required. Assigned readings have to be completed before every session.
  • Workload: reading 95h, presentation 6h, discussion 3h, lectures, seminars lectures 28h, critical book review 70h, preparation exam 8h.
  • Assessment: written exam 30%, critical book review 30%, presentation 20%, discussion 20%
  • Other literature will be announced later.
  • Within the minor Religion in the Modern World, this module has to be followed for 7.5 ECTS. Within the minor Development Studies it can be followed for 5 ECTs.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students - semester I a verplicht
Exchange programme: bachelormodules 1 semester I a keuze
Minor Development Studies 3 semester I a keuze
Minor Religie in de Moderne Wereld 3 semester I a keuzegroep
Open Colleges 1 semester I a verplicht