Culture: Themes in Anthropology II - Kinship

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture: Themes in Anthropology II - Kinship

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Kinship has been a core interest of anthropology from the discipline?s inception, since it is one aspect of life that is common to absolutely every human on the planet ? everyone has relatives, by blood or marriage or voluntary adoption. But the ways in which humans think about their relatives and deploy their kin relations varies dramatically, and that is where the anthropological fun begins. This module will introduce students to the cultural variation in kinship systems and family types and marriage practices around the world.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -be familiar with anthropological approaches to kinship;
    -will have begun to identify her or his own weaknesses in critical thinking and writing skills, and will begin to acquire tools for improving these skills in the second and third years of study;
    -will be prepared to undertake further study in anthropology.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    18 lecture hours and 5 discussion group hours.

    Continuous Assessment: 30%
    University scheduled written examination: 70%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Assignment/Presentation

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