School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: SA-141 Semester: 4st
Course Title: Anthropological Theory
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General background, specialised general background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes
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    Learning outcomes: The course learning outcomes, specific knowledge, skills and competences of an appropriate level, which the students will acquire with the successful completion of the course are described.
    Consult Appendix A
    · Description of the level of learning outcomes for each qualifications cycle, according to the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area
    · Descriptors for Levels 6, 7 & 8 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning and Appendix B
    · Guidelines for writing Learning Outcomes

    General Competences: The course aims to make familiar the students with the basic concepts of contemporary anthropological theory and to apply these concepts to the more specialised courses of anthropology. Also, to acknowledge the connection of anthropology with other disciplines.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    Critical presentation of the main anthropological theories (fonctionalism, structural functionalism, structuralism, marxism, interpretive theory, poststructuralism) and their connection to general philosophical theories. Therefore, the way in which the anthropology is connecting with other disciplines as the philosophy but also psychoanalysis will be presented. Emphasis will be given to the the transition from structuralism to post-structuralism and the contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology as subjectivity, power/knowledge, embodiment and affect. Also, the re-examination of ethnographic research and writing according to these contemporary theories and topics will be one of the main subjects of the course.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of ICT in teaching and communication with students.
    Student have access on EClass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 60
    Practice in class 30
    Autonomous study and exam preparation 50
    Examination 3
    Course total: 145
    Student performance evaluation: Greek. Written and oral examination, public presentation


    Suggested bibliography:

    1. Marcus G.-Fischer M. 1986 Anthropology as Cultural Critique. An Experimental
    2. Moment in the Human Sciences. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press.
    3. Γκέφου-Μαδιανού Δ. (επιμέλεια) 1998 Ανθρωπολογική θεωρία και εθνογραφία. Αθήνα : Ελληνικά Γράμματα.
    4. Geertz C. 2003 Η ερμηνεία των πολιτισμών. Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια.
    5. Foucault M. 1966 Les mots et les choses. Paris: Gallimard. (ελλ. μετάφραση Οι λέξεις και τα πράγματα μετ. Κ. Παπαγιώργης)
    6. Smith Ph. 2006 Πολιτισμική θεωρία. Αθήνα: Κριτική.