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Residential Anthropology Learning and Teaching Material(ities)


Teaching, learning and strategies for enhancing the delivery of teaching materials: positioning, talking, building dialogue with students


I taught many courses over the years, these ones below are from the period 2000 to 2008 which I recently concluded. I taught an average of 18 residential modules, between four to six modules per term. I co-taught an additional four modules and offered lectures to general modules like Study Skills, Advanced Issues and Theory Group. I created and convened 11 of these over six years. My classes were between 12 to 30 students, with some exception of larger classes. In the evening and weekend I did e-learning teaching and tutoring.

I spent many summers and nearly any scarce spare hour preparing teaching materials, or what I call teaching materialities here. These include many kinds of 'materials', from lectures, to handouts, curriculum strategies, photocopies, overheads, PowerPoints, student notes, websites, portfolios, reading packs, photograps, emails, notes, books, field notes, articles, materials gathered during fieldwork.


These below were materials for me and for students to use. In class I talk through all sorts of materials, lecture notes, online sites, quotes, student's notes. I position myself within larger anthropological debates using as many authors and sources as possible. I rarely read lectures; rather I talk through the lecture and with the students.


So I guess another teacher may do a very different use of these materials here. Ultimately, in a pedagogic process, it is not the lecturer's notes  that matter most but the way in which the students use these in their learning process. Thus, what is distinctive of some of these materials, and where I put most work with, was in building up personal, shared, learned materials into a framework that would be conducive to helping students improve their learning process.


My overall aim in the makign of these courses was to build up and design a learning context that would allow students and teacher come togehter in the production of anthropological knowlege.


All these materialities here were approved, mediated internally, shared and assessed by external examiners. I only show my personal archive of these.


Level Credits Module Name    Details Reflections/teaching
1 & 2 40 Visual Anthropology / Visualising Ethnography BA

Shared & Developed T

2 & 3 30 Economic Anthropology BA Created T
1 20 Reading and Writing Anthropology BA Created T
1 10 Understanding Culture and Religion in Japan BA Created T
1 10 Exploring Culture BA Created T
1 20 Exploring Religions and Cultures BA Created & Co-taught
2&3 20 Japanese Ethnography BA Created T
3 20 Gender and Sexuality BA Shared & Developed T
30 Fieldwork, Ethics and Methods BA Created T
1 5 Study Skills Foundt Shared Contribution T
2 & 3 5 Advanced Issues in Anthropology BA Shared Co-taught
4 20 Anthropology Theory Group BA Shared Contribution
3 20 Political Anthropology BA Shared & Co-taught
40 Research Methods I and II MA Created T
4 20 Key Debates in Anthropological Theory MA Shared & Created T
3 20 Body and Society: bodies and cultures BA Created not taught
2 & 3 10 Contemporary Japan: film, fashion and identity BA Created T
3 20 Project design BA Created T
Admin Handouts and Handbooks
Admin Curriculum Strategies

Additional Course Materials



Contemporary Europe: Citizenship, Identity and Democracy


Slides Tutorial

Lecture Slides


Introduction to Sociology


BA Course Handout

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Health and Well-being



Lecture 1 Handout

Course Description


Ethnography for Cross-Cultural Studies: an Introduction (pdf)


BA PowerPoint presentation

FiLO Network Poster

Network Poster


How did you do them?


I always get asked about....read more 



The Project list is an archive of the residential teaching materials I used between 2000-2008 



Most of the modules and courses I taught were created and delivered by me. There are, however, some courses that I co-taught with other members of staff, lecturers, tutors, visiting lecturers. On these cases I have tried to be careful in locating each element of authorship as carefully as possible.


Some of these teaching 'materialities' were composed using borrowed material (explicitly borrowed and consented within departmental practice) and using examples of good practice already found amongst my colleagues and online. The use of these materialities was sometimes eclectic but it was always strategically used within a pedagogic intention and developed as a larger teaching programme that served the purpose of teaching the anthropology curriculum.


As with all the course and teaching materials, the delivery, the 'actual' teaching is not replicated in the notes here.



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