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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Anthropology
Module Code NS127
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sabina Stan
Semester 2: Sabina Stan
Autumn: Sabina Stan
Module TeachersSabina Stan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module introduces students to basic concepts and theories in anthropology, with a view of fostering their ‘ethnographic imagination’ and their critical take on the present challenges faced by human societies. It critically explores topics under the rubrics of culture, language, kinship and family, race and ethnicity, gender, economy and subsistence, power and politics, religion and ritual, and globalisation. By drawing on studies of the day-to-day experience of people in both western and non-western societies, the module provides students with a fresh and stimulating perspective on the way in which human behaviour and thought are grounded in larger social and cultural processes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand basic concepts and theories in anthropology
2. Document the variety of social patterns in different areas of social life (language, kinship & family, ethnic & gender relations, economy, politics, religion & ritual, globalisation)
3. Document the social & cultural contexts of real-life experiences & patterns of social life
4. Understand the manners in which social and cultural contexts inform changes in real-life experiences and patterns of social life
5. Foster your ‘ethnographic imagination’ by critically applying anthropological concepts and theories to real-life experiences and patterns of social life

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities




Race and ethnicity

Gender differences

Economy and inequality

Politics and order

Religion, magic and ritual


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Lavenda, Robert and Emily A. Schultz: 2020, Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology, McGraw-Hill Higher Education,
  • Spradley, James and David W. McCurdy: 2002, Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology., Pearson Education,
  • Kottak, C. Ph.: 2009, Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Boston,
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Date of Last Revision24-MAY-11

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