History of Anthropological Theory

Students were asked to create a resource which could be used as a research aid by other students, maybe for writing an essay or making a verbal presentation. Second Year students could chose as a topic any person working prior to 1922 (the date marking the beginnings of 'modern' British anthropology) whom they regarded as an 'early anthropologist', whether theorist or traveller. Lectures covered some key figures and mentioned others, and these were listed on the 'Blackboard' site linked to the module. Third Year students could also choose to compile resources on an early theorist or traveller, but could also provide materials on a museum or expedition of particular anthropological significance (lectures were given on the Pitt-Rivers Museum, the British Museum, the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, and the Cambridge Expedition to the Torres Straits). Students taking Joint Honours with a subject such as Classics, Geography, or Psychology often chose a person whose work linked their degree subjects. Choices included: Marco Polo, Columbus, Sir Richard Burton, Isabella Bird, Mary Kingsley, Lewis Henry Morgan, Sir James Frazer, E.B. Tylor, Sir Francis Galton, David Livingstone, W.H.R. Rivers, and ancient Greek and Roman authors.

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