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SOSM6.5 Theoretical Approaches in Social Anthropology 0–5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Programme in Social Sciences
Social Anthropology
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

This course enables students to contextualize a number of influential theoretical approaches in social anthropology. Students are given the opportunity to broaden their insight into the work of scholars who have introduced key concepts into the study of social structures, societal practices, and the method of ethnography. Furthermore, students will practise critically assessing theoretical debates.

General description

In-depth focus on a selection of historical and contemporary theoretical concepts in social and cultural anthropology.


  1. Functionalism and Cultural Materialism (Malinowski; White)
  2. Social Structure (Radcliffe-Brown; Leach; Lévi-Strauss)
  3. Structural Analysis (Lévi-Strauss)
  4. Capital and Power in Western Anthropology (Weber; Wolf)
  5. Theory of Practice (Bourdieu)
  6. Interpretation and Ethnography (Geertz; Gupta and Ferguson)


Steven Parham, Teacher responsible


Mon 21-Jan-2013 at 14.00-16.00, Linna 5051, 21.1, 25.2, 11.3


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Grades: 70% paper and 30% active participation. Paper: A critical essay (12-15 pages, including bibliography) on a paper and/or theoretical theme to be selected from the Study Materials. Active participation: students are to give one presentation to the group (chosen from the Contents list of six themes) as well as prepare questions for each session that are to be debated between participants.

Study materials

Moore and Sanders (eds.) 2006: Anthropology in Theory. Issues in Epistemology. Blackwell.

Moore (ed.) 1999: Anthropological Theory Today. Polity.

Further information

The course is full, enrolment is nomore posible.

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