School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: SA-140 Semester: 1st
Course Title: History of Social Anthropology
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General Background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes, with tutorials in english and written assignments
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    Learning outcomes: SThe course aims at familiarizing students with the history of Anthropology and its pioneers, inspire them and give them a sense of the identity of the discipline.
    What is more, the course aims at introducing the main paradigms that have shaped the development of Social Anthropology from the end of the 19th c. to the end of the 20th. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify theories and research methodologies in the history of the discipline and to associate them with people, places and events. Furthermore, students will be able to set questions in the study of culture and relate them to different paradigms.

    General Competences: Understanding of the similarities and differences between theories and methodologies.
    Experience in autonomous studying on a weekly basis.
    Experience in writing essays or in presenting in public using Powerpoint.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course focuses on the main theories that have shaped the development of Social Anthropology from the end of the 19th c. to the end of the 20th, from the precursors of anthropology, evolutionist theories and functionalism to structuralism, Marxist anthropology, theory of practice and post-structuralism. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of the three ‘national schools’ (British, French and American) of Social Anthropology and certain basic concepts, such as evolution, culture, function, process, structure and agency.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Powerpoint presentations, screening of films, use of electronic platform (eclass).
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures & presentations 26
    Film screenings 13
    Autonomous study during semester 26
    Assignment 25
    Preparation for midterm exams 30
    Or, preparation for final exam 30
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek and English (in the case of non-Greek speaking students)
    Methods of evaluation:
    Optional written assignment
    Two midterm written exams or one final written exam.


    Suggested bibliography:
    In Greek
    Π. Έρικσον και Λ. Μέρφι (2002) Ιστορία της Ανθρωπολογικής Σκέψης Κριτική, Αθήνα
    Σ. Δημητρίου-Κοτσώνη και Σ. Δημητρίου (1996) Ανθρωπολογία και Ιστορία
    Καστανιώτης, Αθήνα
    Α. Κούπερ (1994) Ανθρωπολογία και Ανθρωπολόγοι Καστανιώτης, Αθήνα
    Μαρσέλ Μως Το Δώρο, Καστανιώτης, Αθήνα
    Α. Κυριακίδου-Νέστορος (1977) «Ο Claude Lévi-Strauss και το έργο του». Προλεγόμενα στο C. Lévi-Strauss Άγρια Σκέψη, Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα

    In English
    T.H. Eriksen and F.S. Nielsen (2001) A History of Anthropology London: Pluto Press
    R. Layton (1997) An Introduction to Theory in Anthropology Cambridge University Press
    A. Barnard History and Theory in Anthropology (2000) Cambridge University Press