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MA (T) Anthropology

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MA (T) Anthropology

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Arts

Programme Code

ANT-MA-AN

UCAS Code

JACS Code

L600 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in an appropriate subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree in an appropriate subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Anthropology (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr S Bell

Durham University

Professor J Stock

University College Cork

Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas

University of Connecticut

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

use their advanced qualification in this field to (a) strongly increase their opportunities to gain relevant graduate employment,and (b) as a foundation for doctoral research, having developed

an advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives in Social Anthropology and the study of Cognition and Culture and how they have changed over time

an advanced understanding and experience of some of the research methods used in Social Anthropology and the study of Cognition and Culture,

an advanced understanding of social and cultural differences and similarities and how they arise, are transmitted and develop,

an advanced appreciation of the value of Anthropology and the study of Cognition and Culture as a tool for understanding and engaging with issues of contemporary public concern,

an advanced understanding of the selected specialist area

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

analyse and discuss relevant academic texts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are taught by means of direct instruction and discussion, reading assignments, group work, and feedback on written work and presentations.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed primarily through written assignments such as coursework essays and the MA dissertation.

Learn to react appropriately to feedback to presentations and written work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are taught by means of direct instruction and discussion, reading assignments, group work, and feedback on written work and presentations.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed primarily through written assignments such as coursework essays and the MA dissertation.

Successfully engage in group work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are taught by means of direct instruction and discussion, reading assignments, group work, and feedback on written work and presentations.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed primarily through written assignments such as coursework essays and the MA dissertation.

Read and critically assess relevant academic sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are taught by means of direct instruction and discussion, reading assignments, group work, and feedback on written work and presentations.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed primarily through written assignments such as coursework essays and the MA dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Possess skills in written communication and self-expression.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Present written work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Retrieve information from bibliographic and other sources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Question assumptions, and analyse and criticise arguments.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Plan Research (setting research questions, apply professional ethical codes of conduct; scheduling, budgeting, risk assessment).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Develop field research skills, such as establishing contact and rapport with people, asking questions sensitively, conducting interviews, using questionnaires, and engaging in participant observation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Develop quantitative skills in research design and statistical analysis and interpretation. (Cognition & Culture strand)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Ability to work independently and with others.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Skills in reflecting on and clarifying personal values.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Oral communication and self-expression.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Group discussion, listening, conversing effectively.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Wordprocessing skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Management of time and work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Social skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The discipline of Anthropology encourages and develops independence of thought and criticality through its radical questioning of cultural and psychological assumptions. Skills in verbal communication, research ethics, working with others, listening and discussing are developed through workshops and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Although not formally assessed, some of the skills listed have positive consequences for work that is formally assessed (in that, for instance, good social skills can make a student a better fieldworker, which is reflected in the quality of their dissertation, and skills in management of time and work, and wordprocessing skills, can be reflected in the quality of all written assignments).

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Anthropology of Conflict: An understanding of the main themes in and theoretical approaches to the study of conflict, and of how these approaches are reflected in ethnography.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

N/A

Methods of Assessment

N/A

Cognition and Culture: In-depth knowledge and understanding of the main analytical approaches in cognition and culture

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

N/A

Methods of Assessment

N/A

Ethnomusicology: An understanding of how ethnomusicologists and anthropologists have explored different forms of music and music making in different parts of the world, as well as the connections and influences between these practices

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are generated through workshops and seminars, through practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through short essays, extended essays, learning journals and other assignments which might be set by module convenors, and through the dissertation. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance in these activities is used to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of knowledge and understanding.

The Anthropology of Ireland: An understanding of current and recent anthropological debates in the study of Ireland, and of how these debates articulate with the wider discipline of anthropology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are generated through workshops and seminars, through practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through short essays, extended essays, learning journals and other assignments which might be set by module convenors, and through the dissertation. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance in these activities is used to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of knowledge and understanding.

In-depth understanding of a selected specialist area in social anthropology as follows:
Social Anthropology: An understanding of the stages through which anthropological knowledge has developed, of what it has been intended to achieve and of how far it has succeeded in reaching these goals.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are generated through workshops and seminars, through practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through short essays, extended essays, learning journals and other assignments which might be set by module convenors, and through the dissertation. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance in these activities is used to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of knowledge and understanding.

Detailed knowledge of key ethnographic texts in social anthropology and an understanding of how theoretical debates both influence and are reflected in ethnographic writing.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are generated through workshops and seminars, through practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through short essays, extended essays, learning journals and other assignments which might be set by module convenors, and through the dissertation. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance in these activities is used to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of knowledge and understanding.

Detailed knowledge and experience of anthropological research methods, including qualitative and quantitative research, the production of ethnography and research writing.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are generated through workshops and seminars, through practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through short essays, extended essays, learning journals and other assignments which might be set by module convenors, and through the dissertation. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance in these activities is used to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of knowledge and understanding.

Introduction to the main analytical approaches in cognition and culture

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are generated through workshops and seminars, through practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through short essays, extended essays, learning journals and other assignments which might be set by module convenors, and through the dissertation. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance in these activities is used to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of knowledge and understanding.

In-depth knowledge and understanding of the main analytical approaches in social anthropology and their impact on the discipline.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge and understanding are generated through workshops and seminars, through practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through short essays, extended essays, learning journals and other assignments which might be set by module convenors, and through the dissertation. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance in these activities is used to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of knowledge and understanding.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Construct data and analyse it from an anthropological perspective.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are expected to have been developed through the students' undergraduate programmes in social anthropology and closely related subjects. They are further enhanced through the work they do on the Specialist MA programme, and taken to a level that would enable them to conduct research in social anthropology.Subject-specific skills are developed through the same methods as subject-specific knowledge and understanding; namely, workshops and seminars, practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Subject-specific skills are assessed through essays, learning journals, the dissertation and other written assignments. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance is used both to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of subject-specific skills.

Understand, formulate and address anthropologically-informed questions about cultural similarity and diversity.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are expected to have been developed through the students' undergraduate programmes in social anthropology and closely related subjects. They are further enhanced through the work they do on the Specialist MA programme, and taken to a level that would enable them to conduct research in social anthropology.Subject-specific skills are developed through the same methods as subject-specific knowledge and understanding; namely, workshops and seminars, practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Subject-specific skills are assessed through essays, learning journals, the dissertation and other written assignments. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance is used both to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of subject-specific skills.

Understand the relationship between theory and ethnography.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are expected to have been developed through the students' undergraduate programmes in social anthropology and closely related subjects. They are further enhanced through the work they do on the Specialist MA programme, and taken to a level that would enable them to conduct research in social anthropology.Subject-specific skills are developed through the same methods as subject-specific knowledge and understanding; namely, workshops and seminars, practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Subject-specific skills are assessed through essays, learning journals, the dissertation and other written assignments. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance is used both to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of subject-specific skills.

Describe and critically evaluate anthropological arguments made by others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are expected to have been developed through the students' undergraduate programmes in social anthropology and closely related subjects. They are further enhanced through the work they do on the Specialist MA programme, and taken to a level that would enable them to conduct research in social anthropology.Subject-specific skills are developed through the same methods as subject-specific knowledge and understanding; namely, workshops and seminars, practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Subject-specific skills are assessed through essays, learning journals, the dissertation and other written assignments. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance is used both to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of subject-specific skills.

Understand, formulate and express anthropological ideas and arguments

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills are expected to have been developed through the students' undergraduate programmes in social anthropology and closely related subjects. They are further enhanced through the work they do on the Specialist MA programme, and taken to a level that would enable them to conduct research in social anthropology.Subject-specific skills are developed through the same methods as subject-specific knowledge and understanding; namely, workshops and seminars, practical application, directed reading and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Subject-specific skills are assessed through essays, learning journals, the dissertation and other written assignments. Written and verbal feedback given to students on their performance is used both to elaborate upon assessments of their work and to give direction and encouragement for further development of subject-specific skills.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Advanced Anthropological Methods

ANT7007

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced Anthropological Perspectives

ANT7008

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Anthropology: Ethnography and Evolution

ANT7009

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

ANT7014

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Making Knowledge Work

AHS7001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Negotiated Topic

ANT7052

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

MA Specialisation

ANT7053

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes