Social and cultural anthropology

lpols1225  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Social and cultural anthropology
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
4 credits
30.0 h
Hermesse Julie;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Mainly, there will be examinations of evolutionism, diffusionism, culturalism, functionalism and structuralism. The main writers to be studied will be Morgan, Frazer, Tylor, Schmidt, Elliot-Smith, Benedict, Mead, Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Evans-Pritchard and Lévi-Strauss.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 To give students a detailed introduction to the theories of social anthropology. Students will have to be able to articulate and criticise both the general principles of the main currents of thought in ethnology, and the main writers that have made an impact on the history of this subject. They will also be familiarised with the main features of ethnology. The general objective is, therefore, encyclopaedic, synthetic and critical.
The course will be taught through lectures. Each current will be addressed briefly, and sessions will then move on to an examination of some writers, and to a critical evaluation. Participation on the course is essential. Students will have extensive typed course notes that will enable them to follow the course better.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Oral exam based on notes and teaching material.
Online resources
Power point and scientific articles.
Teaching materials
  • Power point et textes d'auteurs
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology

Certificat universitaire en sciences des religions

Minor in Culture and Creation

Minor in Sociology and Anthropology

Minor in Gender Studies

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General