2023-2024 / ANTH2237-2

Elements of anthropology of kinship


30h Th, 4,5h Pr, 15h Ex.

Number of credits

 Bachelor in human and social sciences (New programme)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 


Elodie Razy

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Declared as being in a state of "crisis", or even obsolete, by some during the 20th century, the anthropology of kinship - the first field of investigation in the history of the discipline - is currently the subject of renewed interest. More than ever, it appears to be necessary to grasp the dynamics of contemporary societies in both the North and the South. The examination of the main theories, the key concepts and vocabulary in the field, combined with the exploration of contemporary themes, will enable the cultural and social construction of the family to be understood. This theoretical approach will be coupled with an interactive presentation of methodological tools.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students will have a good knowledge of the main theories and key concepts in this field up until the time it was thrown into doubt. They will be able to use the theoretical and methodological tools presented in class (definitions, diagrams and vocabulary of the anthropology of kinship).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Classes, discussions, debates and exercises using the theoretical and methodological tools presented in class (definitions of kinship, diagrams and vocabulary of the anthropology of kinship).

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

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Students will be required to read articles and extracts from publications.
Instructions and texts in "course materials".

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Written work / report

Additional information:

Additional information:

Students will:

- draft a commented individual kinship diagram with its definition of kinship: 40%

- sit a final exam (60%).

Evaluation's criteria :

. understanding

. knowledge

. reflection


See "course materials".


The mark of the final work and the mark of the examination (MCQ) do not compensate each other. The average mark must be achieved for the MCQ AND for the written assignment. A failure in one of these assessments is a failure for the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course will take place in the first term (all sessions are compulsory).
Compulsory sessions with a student-monitor will also be organised.


I meet with students by appointment
Office 2.36 (B31)

Association of one or more MOOCs

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Texts & instructions
Texts & instructions