Graduate Course Information

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Postgraduate Lectures and Seminars

International Migration in the Social Sciences I (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

M.9.30-11.30

64 Banbury Road

Medical Anthropology Research Seminars

Prof. E. Hsu & Dr S. Carvalho

M.11-12.30

61 Banbury Road

Methods in Social Research (MS only)

Dr E. Korkmaz

M.2-4

64 Banbury Road

Key Themes in Social Anthropology

Dr E. Ewart & others

M.4

Examination Schools

Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Prof. E. Hsu

T.10

61 Banbury Road

PRS Class

Prof. S. Ulijaszek & Prof. D. Zeitlyn

T.10-12

43 Banbury Road

Principles of Evolution & Behaviour (CEA only)

Dr S. Carvalho & Dr C. Phillips

T.10-12

64 Banbury Road

Critical Readings in Medical Anthropology (2nd year MPhil)

Medical Anthropology Team

T.12

51 Banbury Road

Theories and Approaches in Social Anthropology (lecture)

Prof. D. Gellner & Dr D. Pratten

T.12

Examination Schools

Introduction to Medical Anthropology

 

Prof. E. Hsu & others

T.2

61 Banbury Road

Keywords Discussion Class (MS only)

Prof. B. Xiang

T.2-4

64 Banbury Road

International Migration in the Social Sciences II (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

W. 9.30-11.30

64 Banbury Road

Critical Readings in Social Anthropology (2nd year MPhil)

Prof. D. Gellner & Dr I. Zharkevich

W.9.30-11

43 Banbury Road

Quantitative Methods (lectures)

Dr N. Ruiz & Prof R. Harding

W.2-4

Examination Schools

Ethnographic Film Screening

Prof. M. Banks

W.3-5

61 Banbury Road

 

Graduate Research Seminar

Dr E. Ewart

W.4                                                    

43 Banbury Road

Quantitative Methods (MA 2nd year & CEA only)

Dr A. Alvergne, Dr L. Fortunato & A. Davis

Th.11-1*

 

64 Banbury Road

Cultural Representations (SA & VMMA)

Prof. M. Banks & others

Th.12

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre

Visual, Material & Museum Anthropology Class (VMMA only)

VMMA Teaching Team

Th.2-4

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Room

Theories and Approaches in Social Anthropology (Class)

Dr I. Zharkevich

Th.2-3.30

51 Banbury Road

Dr O. Owen

Th.3.30-5

51 Banbury Road

Dr A. Gutierrez

43 Banbury Road

International Migration in the Social Sciences III (MS only)

Dr D. Dzenovska

F.9.30-11.30 (wk1 only)

64 Banbury Road

The Biocultural Anthropology of Disease

 

Prof. S. Ulijaszek & others                         

F.10

61 Banbury Road

CEA Dissertation Workshop

Dr E. Cohen

F.9.30-11.30 (wks 3, 5 & 7)

64 Banbury Road

Pitt Rivers Museum Research Seminar in Visual, Material & Museum Anthropology

Dr G. Angel & Prof. M. Banks

F.1-2.30

PRM Lecture Theatre (Wk 6 – OUMNH Lecture Theatre)

The Biocultural Anthropology of Disease

Dr A. Alvergne

F.2

61 Banbury Road

Departmental Seminar

Prof. S. Ulijaszek & Dr T. Cousins

F.3.15-5

64 Banbury Road

Other Postgraduate Lectures and Seminars

 

Primate Conversations

Dr S. Carvalho

T.4

64 Banbury Road

Evolutionary Medicine & Public Health Seminar

Dr A. Alvergne

W.11.30-1

Institute of Human Sciences

Eastern medicines and religions (Argo-EMR) Seminar

Dr A. Hein & Prof. E. Hsu

W.5-6.30 (Wks 1,3,5,7)

Institute of Human Sciences

Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity

Prof. S. Ulijaszek

Th.1

 

Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus

COMPAS Seminar

Migration Team

Th.3.30-5

64 Banbury Road

Undergraduate Lectures and Seminars

 

Key Themes in Social Anthropology (2nd  & 3rd year)

Dr E. Ewart & others

M.4

Examination Schools

Theories and Approaches in Social Anthropology

Prof. D. Gellner & Dr D. Pratten

T.12

Examination Schools

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (1st year)

Prof. M. Banks & Dr R. Sarro

T.12

Institute of Human Sciences

Cultural Representations

Prof. M. Banks & others

Th.12

Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Theatre

Departmental Seminar

Prof. S. Ulijaszek & Dr T. Cousins

F.3.15-5

64 Banbury Road

MSc/MPhil (1st Year) Social Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

MSc Dissertation Title Form

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

MPhil Thesis Title Form
(provisional title)

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

 

MPhil Social Anthropology (2nd year)

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

Thesis Title Form
(final title)

MT - Monday 2nd Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Thesis

TT – Tuesday 2nd Week; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Essay

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

 

MSc/MPhil (1st Year) Medical Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

MSc Dissertation Title Form

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

MPhil Thesis Title Form
(provisional title)

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

 

MPhil Medical Anthropology (2nd year)

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

Thesis Title Form
(final title)

MT - Monday 2nd Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Thesis

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Dossier of practical work:

TT - Tuesday 5th Week; noon

Submit to Examination Schools

 

MSc Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

Dissertation Title Form

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Quantitative Methods assignments

HT - Thursday 0th Week; noon

Submit electronically via WebLearn

Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

Submit electronically via WebLearn

 

MSc/MPhil (1st Year) Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

Essay, Paper 1

HT - Tuesday 1st Week; noon

Submit electronically via WebLearn

MSc Dissertation Title Form 

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Research Methods Portfolio (Paper 3a)

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Research proposal/ essay (Paper 3b)

TT - Tuesday 5th Week

Submit electronically via WebLearn

MSc Dissertation

Last Wednesday in August; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

MPhil Thesis Title Form
(provisional title)

TT- Tuesday 5th Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

 

MPhil Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology (2nd Year)

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

Thesis Title Form
(final title)

MT - Monday 2nd Week

Available/Returnable to Main Office

Thesis

TT - Tuesday 2nd Week; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

Essay

TT – Tuesday 5th Week; noon

Submit 3 copies to Examination Schools

 

Option courses examined by coursework 

Assignment

Deadline

Notes

Coursework

TT - Tuesday 2nd Week

Submit electronically via WebLearn

 

 

Penalties for late submission of assessed coursework

The following penalties will apply to all assessed coursework that is submitted late unless there are mitigating circumstances agreed by the Junior Proctor (application must be made via your college: SAME staff cannot give extensions).

Submission after 12 noon on the submission date

five marks deducted

Each additional day

one mark deducted

(i.e. two days late = -6 marks, three days late = -7 marks, etc.; note that each weekend day counts as a full day for the purposes of mark deductions)

Maximum deducted marks up to and including 14 days late

eighteen marks deducted

More than 14 days late

zero marks (Fail) for this piece of work

 

Examination timetables for written examination papers are now available from the Examination Schools website.

SAME Examination Conventions and Marking Criteria

Full details of the processes of examination and Marking Criteria for the MSc and MPhil degrees are included in the following documents. These detail the criteria used by examiners for assessing the different types of examined work for each of the degrees, as well as dates for submission of work, word lengths, penalties for late submission and exceeding word limits, and the mechanisms for progressing onto subsequent degrees.

The Marking Criteria, which appear in the APPENDIX of each document, have been developed to offer guidance to students on the criteria examiners will be using in judging assessed work. They are also intended to guide examiners in identifying the appropriate mark for the work being assessed.

The Core Criteria, within each given form of assessment (dissertation, exam, essay etc.), are consistent across all of the degrees above, and are viewed as the fundamental traits that define work for each grade band.

The Ancillary Observations include additional traits that may be exhibited by work in a given grade band, in general and in relation to particular subjects (Social, Cognitive, Visual, Medical Anthropology), and are there to aid decision-making in the allocating of a mark within a grade band, and to provide further guidance to students regarding the types of traits that work of a given class may exhibit.

The positive Core Criteria are not replicated across grade bands, so are viewed as cumulative (i.e., for example, work that is in the 70-79 band will be expected to exhibit not only those positive traits listed for that grade band, but those of the lower bands too, except where mutually exclusive).

Candidates are reminded to also consult the relevant course handbooks and Exam Regulations (‘the grey book’) for further guidance on the presentation and submission of assessed coursework.

These Marking Criteria supercede all previous versions.

This is a list of option papers that will be available in 2018-2019. Please note that these options are not guaranteed to be offered in future years.

List A: The Social Anthropology of a Selected Region

A2. JAPANESE ANTHROPOLOGY (Prof. Roger Goodman)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term; 12 classes in Hilary and Trinity Term
Examination: Written paper sat in June

This course has two main aims: (a) to provide an introduction to Japanese society from an anthropological perspective and (b) to show how the study of Japan can contribute to mainstream anthropological theory. Major themes which will be covered include notions of personhood, rituals and symbols, time and space, structure and agency, continuity and change, and the construction of ethnic, gender, sexual and minority identities. It will be possible to study a number of contemporary social institutions in depth, including the Japanese educational, legal, medical, welfare, company, household and kinship systems, new religions, and the worlds of traditional arts and popular culture. At the micro level, the details of these operations and the ideologies which support them will be examined, while at the macro level the course will explore their relation to other social institutions and the wider political and economic arena both inside and outside Japan.

A3. LOWLAND SOUTH AMERICA (Dr Elizabeth Ewart)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 5,000 words essay

The course introduces students to one of the most exciting and recently studied ethnographic regions of the world, lowland South America. Defined broadly, this cultural area comprises the lowland tropical and subtropical regions east of the Andes, the coastal and foothill regions on either side of the Andes, and other lowland geographic regions, including urban and peri-urban frontier regions.

A5. ANTHROPOLOGY OF SOUTH ASIA (Dr Nayanika Mathur)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: Written paper sat in June

Anthropology as a discipline has a problematic history due to its long-standing romance with primitivism and alterity as well as its close imbrication with colonialism. Nowhere is this better reflected than in the concepts and tropes that define the standardised Anthropology of South Asia. This course constitutes an attempt to decolonise and subvert such a study of this region. It does so by critically questioning the canonical literature and discarding the normative frames through which South Asia has historically been studied and taught. We will retain a reliance on the ethnographic method as a primary tool to understand South Asia, but will expand the usual ‘canonical’ reading list and reformulate some of its themes. Gender, Religion, and Caste will be integrated into every lecture rather than featuring as stand-alone separate sessions. Similarly, the nation-states comprising contemporary South Asia will be included in each lecture session to the extent possible. Academic books will be read alongside fiction, art, blog posts, and films.

A6. THEMES IN AFRICAN ANTHROPOLOGY (Drs David Pratten, Thomas Cousins, Oliver Owen and Ramon Sarró)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 4,000 words essay and 1,000 words book review

This course provides an empirical foundation and conceptual framework for the academic study of Africa and its peoples. The course also aims to introduce students to a critical understanding of ethnographic writing on Africa. The course is organized around a series of lectures and readings which introduce theoretical issues that have developed in the anthropology of Africa. These will be presented in weekly classes held in conjunction with a film series that introduces a range of ethnographic and wider issues in African culture and society.

List B: Topics in Visual, Material & Museum Anthropology

B2. OBJECTS IN MOTION: DEBATES IN VISUAL, MATERIAL AND ECONOMIC ANTHROPOLOGY (Dr Inge Daniels)
Nine lectures and nine film screenings in Hilary Term
Examination: 4,000 words essay and 1,000 words book review

This option explores key anthropological debates about the production, circulation and consumption of commodities through the lenses of markets, religion, and travel. Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world, but with a particular focus on East Asia, the aim is to critically examine contentious issues surrounding commodification, globalisation and cross-cultural circulation of people and things. Topics discussed include the exchange of commodities within gift economies; the impact of commercialisation upon spiritual forms; tourism and notions of authenticity; money, markets and the ethics of global trade; advertising and visual economies, the Internet and mobile technologies, and disposal and the second-hand economy. All these topics will be explored through a mixture of written texts, photography and film.

B3. MUSEUMS, MATERIAL CULTURE AND KNOWLEDGE (Dr Gemma Angel)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 4,000 words essay and 1,000 words book review

This course will provide students with grounding in anthropological approaches to working with material culture and artifacts in a range of museum contexts, as well as introducing interdisciplinary themes and techniques. The course draws upon multiple traditions to consider the object, the archive, the system of collecting, the museum, and the embodied experiences of people who interact with artifacts; to arrive at a deeper understanding of how material objects are enmeshed in complex political, social and knowledge practices. The course focuses on the institutional, social and cultural values associated with the public visibility of individual objects as well as their definition within larger systems of display. As such, it is both issue-based and site- or case-study specific and will examine themes and topics such as colonialism and the repatriation of artifacts to source communities, private vs. institutional collecting practices, power and the body, eugenics, human remains, and object biographies.

B4. KEY DEBATES IN THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE (Prof. Clare Harris and Dr Elizabeth Hallam)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 5,000 words essay

This course explores key debates in the anthropology of art and visual culture, drawing on studies of art, artists, museums, and displays from around the world. It will begin with an overview of anthropological approaches to art and aesthetics. We will then examine a range of specific theoretical concerns with regard to art: distinctions between art, artefacts and organisms; processes of production and circulation including art markets, collecting, exhibiting, and the attribution of value; constructions of authenticity and ‘primitivism’, theories of agency, and we will consider how anthropologists might study the burgeoning contemporary transnational artworld. The course will include sessions led by Dr. Hallam on sketching as a method and an analytical tool within anthropological research. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with this methodology and to make presentations on other topics for the seminar group and within the galleries of the Pitt Rivers Museum. They will also be encouraged to make active use of the collections and displays at the Museum of Natural History, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Museum of the History of Science, and Modern Art Oxford. It is likely that we will make a fieldtrip to visit museums in London depending upon what is on display in spring 2019.

B5. ANTHROPOLOGY AND FILM (Prof. Marcus Banks)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 5,000 words essay

This option explores the various ways in which the discipline of social anthropology and the theory and practice of filmmaking have come together over the past century and more. The first encounter was at the end of the nineteenth century, when marine biologist turned anthropologist Alfred Cort Haddon took a film camera to the Torres Strait Islands in 1898 and shot a few minutes of local people dancing. Since then, film has been coopted methodologically by social anthropology as a medium of record. However, documentary film theory shows us that there is no such thing as neutral objective record of a social event: all film records are social constructions, including Haddon’s 1898 footage. The option will critically explore the growth and development of the genre of ‘ethnographic film’ and its associated media presence through television broadcasting and bienniel festivals, as well as anthropological investigations into film production and film semiotics. The class does not include a practical component, but participants will be expected to use the internet to research film genres and to present film clips as well as critical readings in their class presentations. The option is examined by assessed essay (4,000 words) and a film review (1,000 words) and it is expected that film clips (as digital files submitted on CD-ROM or as hyperlinked files) will be included as part of the submission.

List C: Themes in Anthropology

C1. SENSORY EXPERIENCE IN THERAPEUTICS (Prof. Elisabeth Hsu)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: Written paper sat in June

In this course we discuss ethnographies of ‘ritual healing’ from a medical anthropological perspective with a focus on the sensory experiences that people develop during this process. Touch, taste, vision, hearing and smell are all examined, as well as kinaesthesia and proprioception, and all-encompassing acute pain episodes. One of our hypotheses is that ritual generates moments of “cultural synaesthesia” (D. Young 2005). In other words, ritual is a process during which culturally-specific techniques are skillfully deployed to produce sensoryl effects that affect patients and their carers in ways that enhance well-being. Students will learn about the anthropology of the body, notions of embodiment and the habitus, the body politic and the body ecologic, and become familiar with ethnographic topics as diverse as bloodletting and body painting, cannibalism and capoeira, obesity and olfaction, possession and placebo.

C3. ANTHROPOLOGY OF MUSLIM SOCIETIES (Dr Mohammad Talib)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: Written paper sat in June

This option will draw on material generated from the study of different regions of the Muslim world, as well as the diaspora of Muslim communities in the post-modern / globalized settings of industrialized societies. The topics selected have a comparative and cross-cultural significance. Together they build up a picture of the larger universe of the Muslim world, thereby highlighting the problems and challenges which anthropological representation offers. Different themes in the option will be interlinked to examine methodological and representational orientations in the existing literature. This approach is intended to initiate students into issues in theory and research in anthropological writings on Muslim societies.

C4. REPRODUCTION MIGRATIONS: WITH A FOCUS ON THE ASIA PACIFIC (Prof. Biao Xiang)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: Written paper sat in June

This option course explore how biological and social reproduction—activities that maintain and reproduce human life on a daily and generational basis—is becoming a main driving force of migration. Reproduction migrations (RMs) include the migrations of domestic helpers, students, retirees, medical patients, marriage partners (especially of the commercially brokered transnational unions, which differ from conventional family reunion migration), “birth tourism” (would-be parents move a country to give birth in order for the new born to gain certain legal status), and investment migrants who move for the access to high-quality education, care and retirement life.

RM is encouraged by policy makers firstly because of the shortage of reproductive labour in the receiving country. Some nations have to reply on foreigners in order to reproduce themselves. RM is encouraged also because reproduction activities, for instance commercialized education, care and entertainment, are becoming a new engine of growth. Advanced countries are remaking themselves from centres of production into global hubs of reproduction. The reproduction of life, instead of the production of goods, may shape the world division of labour in the 21st century.

This option is timely as it explores an emerging trend that has not been thoroughly investigated.  The theme of “reproduction migration” and the geographical focus on the Asia Pacific are lacking the current curriculum of the degree.

C6. MOBILITY, NATION AND THE STATE (Dr Dace Dzenovska) 
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: Written paper sat in June

Contemporary life is hardly imaginable without mobility—of capital, things, ideas, images, and people. However, the effects of these forms of mobility and their desirability are variously distributed and perceived across historical and political contexts. For example, while the desirability of capital flows is hardly questioned by modern polities, migration is increasingly thought to undermine political communities and the institutions associated with them.

This course will investigate mobility-related political tensions of the current historical moment—for example, the tension between the unbounding of nations and the assertion of territorial sovereignty, or the tension between the recognition of multiplicity of identities and the re-assertion of various communities of value. The course will engage with different theories and ethnographies of sovereignty, nation, and the state, as well as consider whether and how practices of mobility open possibilities for imagining alternative political forms.

Firmly grounded in anthropology, the course will draw insights from other disciplines and fields of study, such as history, political theory, cultural studies, and geography. The course will include ethnographies from different regions, while at the same time questioning conventional regional divisions, instead emphasizing relational constitution of people and places.

C7. ANTHROPOLOGY OF CAPITALISM (Dr Claudio Sopranzeti)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 4,000 words essay and 1,000 words book review

This option course offers an introduction to anthropological engagements with capitalism. It is structured in two sections. The first looks at the historical emergence of capitalism both as primary accumulation and as an intrinsically racialized project, one that was experimented with in Caribbean colonies and then imported to the British metropole. The second part, by contrast, focuses on a typology of capitalism as a locus of the creation of surplus value. The course moves from extractive capitalism to industrial capitalism, exploring production, marketing, and consumption, and concludes with a focus on financial capitalism. In each phase, theoretical debates will be weaved in with ethnographic analysis.

C10. INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (Dr Javier Lezaun)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 4,000 words essay and 1,000 words book review

This course offers a postgraduate-level introduction to the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). STS is a thriving interdisciplinary field, with a strong ethnographic tradition, that explores how new scientific and technical knowledge is produced, and its impact on society. STS has multiple empirical and theoretical synergies with anthropology, and has become an engine of new insights for the social sciences and the humanities. It is, in particular, a key resource for a new “anthropology at home,” the careful exploration of the practices that characterize modern Euro-American institutions and their global influence.

The course focuses on some of the key areas of theoretical innovation in STS, and on key domains of empirical investigation in the field. It is not designed (exclusively) for those with a specific interest in the anthropology of science and technology, but for all students who seek a better understanding of the processes by which societies generate new knowledge and instruments, and transform themselves in the process.

C11. ANTHROPOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENT (Dr Sophie Haines)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 4,000 words essay and 1,000 words book review

Human-environment engagements are at the heart of anthropological concerns with how humans live and relate with their physical surroundings. Anthropology of environment is a recognised sub-field, which has long reflected core disciplinary questions and challenges, and contributed to the development of anthropology and its relevance to other disciplines and the world at large.

This option course offers a postgraduate-level introduction to core themes in anthropology and environment. It addresses key theoretical concepts and empirical topics that will be useful to students planning anthropological fieldwork in different geographical regions and speaks to relevant and timely concerns in anthropological theory and practice, including questions of nature and culture, resource politics, feminist and postcolonial political ecology, interdisciplinarity, and diverse ways of knowing and experiencing environments.

C12. INTERSECTIONALITIES: GENDER, SEXUALITY, RACE AND MOBILITY (Dr Ana Gutierrez)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: Written paper sat in June

This option course considers the relationship between migration and gender. We will examine how gender informs the migration process, produces new relationships and how women and men navigate their lives as migrants. The aim is to provide a critical understanding of the connections that exist between the feminisation of migration and its intersections with class, race, and sexuality. It begins by providing students with a theoretical grounding in the literature on gender and migration and the ways in which the state, work, family as well as intersectional identities shape gender. It explores the links that exist between these analytical categories through an anthropological analysis of intimate labour markets, legal statuses, middle-class migrations, love and romance, queer migrations and masculinities. The course will engage with postcolonial, queer and race studies in order to approach the study of gender and migration in a critical way. Adopting a comparative approach, this course will draw on ethnographic examples from various regions in the developed and the developing world.

C13. ANTHROPOLOGY OF VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL SUFFERING (Drs Ina Zharkevich and Oliver Owen)
Eight lectures in Hilary Term
Examination: 4,000 words essay and 1,000 words book review

This option course offers an introduction to core themes in the anthropology of violence and social suffering. It will engage with some of the major debates in anthropological theory, including on body and embodiment; power and domination; sovereignty and politics of life; symbolic/structural/everyday violence; the role of anthropologists in the public domain- engaged anthropology vs. impartial observation (including the work of anthropologists for the military). Drawing on insights from political and medical anthropology and linking ethnographic studies of social suffering/violence to critical social theory, it will explore how violence and social suffering are produced and experienced, both individually and socially, paying particular attention to the relationship between individual bodies and the body politic, between the self and society. It will explore why violence has been marginal to the constitution of anthropology as a discipline and reasons behind an explosion in anthropological studies of different forms of violence over recent decades. Through in-depth reading of key ethnographies (and visual material, documentaries), the module will foreground questions of researching (methods), writing and representing violence/social suffering.

Who must do what:

Social Anthropology M.Sc. and first-year M.Phil. students:

Two options from any of Lists A, B or C.

 

Medical Anthropology and VMMA M.Sc. and first-year M.Phil. students:

One option from any of Lists A, B or C.

 

Social Anthropology and VMMA second-year M.Phil. students:

One option from any of Lists A, B or C, except that or those in which you were examined in your first year.

 

NB: options not available for:

M.Sc. students in Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology

Medical Anthropology second-year M.Phil. students

The student is primarily responsible for filling the form at the appropriate times and in the appropriate circumstances, as well as for making sure that it is signed by the whole range of individuals or authorities indicated (usually self, as well as the current or new supervisor, the college, the director of graduate studies, and possibly others). Once the form is complete, it should be returned to the general office for copying. The copies will then be filed locally and the originals sent by the COurse Administrator to GSO.

MSc to MPhil or vice versa

  • GSO 28, 'Change of programme of study'. This form is for transfers between different taught courses (including between departments). Do not use GOS 2 for these transfers.

MSc to PRS or MPhil to DPhil

  • Standard admissions form.

MLitt or PRS to DPhil; PRS to MLitt

  • GSO 2, 'Application to transfer status'. This is the form to use for upgrading research students. Do not use it for anyone who has been doing, or is transferring to, any taught course.
  • GSO 2b, deferral of Transfer of Status.

Confirmation of DPhil student status

  • GSO 14, 'Application to confirm DPhil status'
  • GSO 14b, 'Application for deferral of confirmation of DPhil status

 

SAME internal forms

 

Other forms:

  • GSO 3, appointment of examiners (for doctoral and MLitt vivas)
  • GSO 6, to change title
  • GSO 8, dispensation from statutory residence
  • GSO 15, extension of time
  • GSO 16, early examination (for doctoral and MLitt vivas)
  • GSO 17, suspension of status
  • GSO 17a, confirmation of return from suspension of status
  • GSO 18, extension of time to complete minor corrections (post-viva)
  • GSO 23, reinstatement to the register of graduate students
  • GSO 25, change of supervisor or appointment of joint supervisor
  • GSO 29, notification of withdrawal from programme of study

GSO (Graduate Studies Office) numbers can normally be found in the top right-hand corner of the first page of the form. The whole list of forms is accessible from Central Administration, from where forms can also be downloaded.

NB: the ‘student number' (OSS number) on these forms is not the University card number (always a seven-figure number beginning with ‘2') but the number of your student record. It usually consists of from four to six figures and may start with any number. It is the number found on student report forms, and it is also entered by GAO on the original application forms. If in doubt, ask in the ISCA general office or leave blank.

 

Feedback forms for taught courses

Feedback form can be downloaded here.

 

Training Needs Analysis form

The TNA form can be downloaded from this website.

 

Fieldwork and Ethics information and forms

Fieldwork and Ethics forms to be filled in well ahead of travel and fieldwork can be downloaded here.

Transfer/Confirmation of Status Assessment work - can it be given directly to assessors?

Yes it can.

My Transfer/Confirmation is due this term. Does this mean I have to apply by the end of Week 8 or by the end of the vacation?

Under the Exam regulations, milestones must be completed by the end of the term in which they are due (which includes the vac following the term). This means that your application form, GSO2 or GSO14, must be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies to confirm that your assessors' report (recommending a pass) has been approved, no later than Friday of Week 0. In order to complete transfer or confirmation within the term you will need to make your application several weeks earlier to allow time for the assessors to hold the interview and submit their report. Check with the department about the specific hand-in deadlines for each term. Your application form must be signed by your supervisor(s) and college before you hand it in with your written work.

I have been given leave to supplicate but haven't graduated yet. Can I get a letter to confirm that I've successfully completed my DPhil?

You can order a Degree Confirmation letter, free of charge from the online shop. You must have submitted your hard-bound library copy and, if you started the DPhil after 1 October 2007, the digital copy before you can order the Degree Confirmation letter.

I have been given leave to supplicate but I haven't graduated? Can I use the title of Dr?

No. Your graduation, in person or in absentia, is the point at which the degree of DPhil is officially awarded and you may only use the title of Dr after graduating.

I need to submit an application form but I'm not in Oxford. What should I do?

Complete the form as a Word document (forms can be downloaded from the website) and then type your name in the signature box (unless you can add a digital signature) and sent it by email to your supervisor(s) and then your college office.

When is the best time to submit the appointment of examiners form?

As soon as you have a realistic submission date. The thesis won't be sent t the examiners until they have replied to the formal invitation so it's much quicker if this is done before submission.

How do I order transcripts and on-course transcript/confirmation of study letter?

Transcripts are available from the University Shop. Unofficial confirmation letters can be requested from Vicky Dean in the School General Office.

I am submitting my thesis this term but I won't be in Oxford. Can I submit it as a digital file?

No. Digital copies can only be sent later by Exam Schools if the examiners request this. You are required to submit two soft-bound copies to Exam Schools. Most of the print shops in Oxford will offer a print, bind and deliver service so you can email a pdf of your thesis to them (remember to include the abstract) and they will submit the copies on your behalf. There will be a 1-day service but remember that if you leave it until the last day for submission you may find the print shop cannot fit your thesis in - they are always extremely busy in Week 0. Check prices, terms and conditions carefully as services vary.

Alternatively, you can have the thesis copies printed and bound wherever you are and sent by post - it's best to use a service with tracing and guaranteed delivery, i.e. Royal Mail Special Delivery or a courier, e.g. DHL, FedEx etc. Ensure that you allow sufficient time for your thesis to arrive by the submission deadline. Also ensure that your thesis is correctly formatted and printed on UK A4 paper size. Paper sizes are not the same in, for example, the United States. Information on formatting is in the 'GSO20a from 13Oct13' document.

When do I submit fieldwork risk assessments and CUREC forms?

Forms should be submitted at least eight weeks before travel and/or fieldwork. Tickets should not be purchased or research carried out before receiving approval. Further details here.

Is University insurance necessary for travel?

No, as long as there is private cover.

When do I wear sub fusc?

Sub fusc should be worn at Matriculation, Viva and Graduation. It is not necessary at Transfer of Status and Confirmation of Status.

What do I do if I lose my University card?

You will need to order a replacement card with your college but you must also let the School know so that the card can be deactivated on the door entry system.

How do I activate my card to gain access to buildings?

Students are automatically given access at the start of the academic year. If for some reason you haven't, please give the General Office your card details.

How do I extend my visa?

Please speak to Vicky Dean in the General Office at 51-53 Banbury Road who will be able to begin the process.

What are the opening hours for the Tylor and Balfour Libraries?

Tylor Library opening hours:

Term
Monday-Friday: 09:30-17:30 (shut 12:30-13:30)
Saturday: 13:00-16:00

Vacation
Monday-Friday: 09:30-17:30 (shut 12:30-13:30)

The Tylor Library is shut on Sundays, at Easter and at Christmas.

Balfour Library opening hours:

Term
Monday-Friday: 09:00-17:00

Vacation
Monday-Friday: 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00

The Balfour Library is closed at weekends, for August and for Easter and Christmas. There are restricted hours on May Bank Holidays.

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