General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Current Anthropological Theory
Language English
Module lecturer dr Małgorzata Kowalska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Assistant Professor
Faculty Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 20-CAT-12-EtnC


Wednesday, 10:45-12.15, room 2.19

Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology, Campus Morasko

(the next class is scheduled for November the 8th)

Module aim (aims)

This course examines both the classic works of key shapers of the world anthropological traditions and the current discussion on the ethnographic theory. Its main aim is to introduce the students to the key theoretical problems addressed by anthropology; its most recent reactions to local and global socio-economic and political currents; and to the ongoing debates on the logic and the future of the discipline.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Students should have knowledge of the history of the discipline and its main topics of interest.

3. Assessment criteria

Students will be expected to prepare to read key texts for each session and actively participate in class discussions (30% of the final mark), prepare one short seminar presentation based on one of the weekly key readings (20% of the final mark) and write an essay on one of the chosen topics (50% of the final mark).

A/5 EXCELLENT - outstanding performance
B/4+ VERY GOOD - above average with few minor mistakes and/or omissions
C/4 GOOD - generally sound work with some minor mistakes and/or omissions
D/3+ SATISFACTORY – fair, but with a number of serious mistakes and/or omissions
E/3 SUFFICIENT – fair, but with significant shortcomings


Week 1

Introduction and basic concepts

Week 2

The savage slot, the missing slot

Week 3-4

Theory in anthropology

Week 5-6

Being affected

Week 7-8

Anthropology and ethnography

Week 9-13

Different world-making projects

Week 14-15

Accessible, engaged, ethical

Reading list

Weekly readings:
A list of weekly readings (compulsory and optional) will be provided by the teacher.