2023-2024 / ANTH0001-1

Social and cultural anthropology 1


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in human and social sciences6 crédits 
 Bachelor in human and social sciences (New programme)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Certificate in teaching of philosophy and citizenship (not organised in 2022-2023)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 


Benjamin Rubbers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This introduction to anthropology covers the discipline's formative years. After having discussed what distinguishes anthropology from other social sciences, we will study the school of cultural evolutionism, that marked the beginnings of the discipline in the 19th century.  It is against this school that new theories and methods were developed between 1900 and 1960. During the course, we will examine these currents by travelling between the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. This journey into early anthropological thought will give us the opportunity to reflect upon the topicality of the questions they raise and at the same time to come back on the discipline's fundamentals.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course aims at introducing students to classical anthropological approaches. At the end the course, students will be able to highlight their strengths and weaknesses for analyzing the world we live in.


Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

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Recommended or required readings

Students receive compulsory readings at the beginning of the course. The course podcats and powerpoint presentations are posted on MyUliège every week.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

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Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


The professor is available to meet students by appointment (email).

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Compulsory readings