School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: SA-150 Semester: 4st
Course Title: Economic Anthropology
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: Required –core course in curriculum
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: The course seeks to familiarize students with the basic approaches to the concept of economics, to facilitate their understanding of the main anthropological theories on the primitive economy, exchange, the gift as well as the symbolism and morality of money. Furthermore, the course aims at providing an analytical and methodological framework for the interpretation and theoretical understanding of economic practices, behaviors and notions in diverse social and economic contexts.

    General Competences: Researching, analyzing and synthesizing data and information, with the use of the necessary technological means
    Autonomous, self-motivated work
    Cultivating respect for otherness and multiculturalism
    Production of independent, creative and critical thinking
    Demonstrating social, moral and professional responsibility and sensitivity in gender issues
    Working in an international environment
    Working in a multidisciplinary environment
    Cultivating respect for the natural environment
    Planning and management of projects
    Working in groups

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The first part of the course focuses on the development of economic anthropology from the perspective of anthropological approaches, which are inspired by the work of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. These scholars’ work is grounded in the contestation of the view that self-interest is rooted in human nature. In relation to this issue, the course examines the basic approaches of the “economics” concept. The course also presents, through a critical lens, anthropological theories on exchange, gift and barter. It aims to enable students to understand that familiar practices and notions are foreign to other societies where access to goods and services is not mediated by money, but depends on
    belonging to groups, which are formed on the basis of kinship, religion, locality etc. As far as money and exchange are concerned, the course provides an analysis of the views of Simmel and K. Marx, as well as anthropological approaches of money -its morality and symbolism. In the part of the syllabus dealing with consumption, the course turns to how certain commodities are viewed as necessary or desirable and are placed high on a hierarchy with reference to their value and attributed meaning in diverse social contexts. At the same time, current approaches are examined, which recognize the active role of consumers in the production of culture.
    The second part of the course includes special issues/themes, which are intended to provide an understanding of the following theories and related concepts: modernization, development and the world system. All along, emphasis is attributed to processes of socioeconomic transformation and, especially, to the approach of the anthropological political economy.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : In the classroom, the teaching method involves the use of power point,
    other visual means, documentaries, as well as the internet. Students έχουν have have access to the eclass course site.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 40
    Study and analysis of relevant bibliography (articles) 20
    In class presentations assigned to students 40
    Independent study/preparation for exams 40
    Final exam 3
    Course total: 145
    Student performance evaluation: Final exams are held at the end of the semester during exam period.


    Suggested bibliography:

    Narotzky, S., 2007, Οικονομική Ανθρωπολογία: Νέοι Προσανατολισμοί
    Wilk, R. & L. Cliggett, 2010, Οικονομίες και Πολιτισμός. Αθήνα: Εκδ. Κριτική.
    Μως, Μαρσέλ, 1979, Το Δώρο: Μορφές και Λειτουργίες της Ανταλλαγής,
    Gudeman, Stephen, 2009, Η ανθρωπολογία της οικονομίας. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πολύτροπον.

    Related academic journals:

    Σύγχρονα Θέματα
    Anthropological Quarterly