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Undergraduate course

Culture, Meaning and Communication

Level of Study

Bachelor level

Semester of Instruction

Fall

Objectives and Content

Central to social anthropology is the understanding of social actions and events in light of the specific meanings people attach to them. Culture is a central concept in the discipline, and the course accounts for different social anthropological perspectives on cultural meaning, both on a personal level and as a collective, social dimension. The course contains a number of thematic areas where the dimensions of meaning are especially visible, such as the cultural arrangements of reality (classification), fundamental worldly perceptions (cosmology), symbols and communication, knowledge management, representations of faith (religion) and constructions of time and history (social memory). Emphasis is given to the understanding of meaning as social practice, in other words how orientations of reality are generated, maintained and shaped through social life, and how the production of meaning is well established in social relations, economic transactions and displays of power. Practices weighed with meaning, such as rituals, ceremonies, carnivals, witchcraft, magic, sorcery and millennial movements, therefore stand central in the course.

Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

  • provide an overview of the history of key debates in anthropological studies of culture, meaning and communication
  • provide an overview of key thinkers and ethnographies that have developed the anthropological study of symbol, ritual, and religion

Skills

  • apply key concepts and perspectives in the anthropological study of culture, meaning and communication
  • discuss how meanings relate to social relationships and is expressed through various cultural mediums

General competence

  • discuss the ways in which meanings produce social life and the worlds that human beings inhabit
  • ability to think analytically, and apply key anthropological concepts and perspectives in order to understand local and global social processes
  • be familiar with and discuss the main features of qualitative research method
  • read and write academic texts in the specific academic genre

Required Previous Knowledge

None

Recommended Previous Knowledge

SANT100, SANT150

Access to the Course

This course is open to students at UiB

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures

3-4 hours per week

7-8 weeks

Approx. 26 hours in total

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Submission of one essay (1500 words +/- 10%). Only with an approved assignment will students be allowed to take the exam. Approved compulsory assignment is valid for 2 semesters.

Forms of Assessment

8 hours written exam

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

Fall/Spring

Course Evaluation

All courses are regularly evaluated according to UiB¿s quality assurance system.

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Social Anthropology

Fosswinckelsgate 6

5007 Bergen

Homepage: http://www.uib.no/antro

E-mail: advice@sosantr.uib.no

Phone: +47 55 58 92 50 / 55 58 94 51

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Written exam

    Date
    16.10.2017, 09:00
    Duration
    8 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    02.10.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam
    Location