The Anthropology of Heritage

Course Description: 

Cultural Anthropology is the study of the way people function socially within the culture(s) that surround them, today and in the past. Thus, understanding the social structures within which people organize their lives offers a critical perspective on how they relate to many aspects of cultural heritage. No single course can ever hope to cover the multiplicity of ways we interact with each other. Thus, this course is designed to provide examples and case studies of cultural anthropological thinking with regard to some key areas of this vast social science discipline. The two lecturers will provide insight into the theoretical and practical aspects of their own research areas and will introduce students to other useful case studies from around the world. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:
- identify the key elements of the disciplines of cultural and social anthropology.
- describe the contribution that these disciplines make to understanding heritage
- demonstrate understanding of approaches to, and methods in, heritage anthropology
- apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of anthropology of heritage

Assessment: 

Students should submit two essays to the course lecturers.

The first essay is expected by the end of week 7, will be minimum of 1000 words long and will be assessed by Dr. Tamás Régi. In this essay students must demonstrate the understanding of the class materials, that having read minimum of three different related sources and critical thinking towards the topic.
The second essay (1000-2000 words) will be due by the end of the course (week 12), and will be assessed by dr. Zsuzsa Árendás. In both the essays students must demonstrate the understanding of the class materials, that having read minimum of three different related sources and critical thinking towards the topic.

Prerequisites: 

none