2017-2018 / ANTH0003-1

Anthropology of communication


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in sociology and anthropology6 crédits 
 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Specialised master in gender studies5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : French as a second language (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Véronique Servais

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The Anthropology of Communication is the comparative study of interaction and communication structures and their effect in communities. The method is ethnographic and the objects to be studied are varied. The course begins with a general theoretical presentation, then questions of methodology are discussend and finally I present and discuss different researches represntative of the field. During this academic year the course will be devoted to the anthropology of emotions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

There are two main objectives : 1- The student must understand and have a good mastery of the approach of Antrhopology of Communication, its objectives and its analytical tools; 2- The student must develop an ability for the objective and subjective observation of close (vs exotic) realities. He will learn to develop a detached gaze on his/her surrounding world in order to keep his/her distances from common sense interpretations of the social world.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The student must have previously passed the Théories de la Communication course.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students must realize, alone or in small groups, fieldwork observation for 20 (for students in Anthropology) or 10 hours (for students in Communication or FLE). The fieldwork will be the basis for the evaluation (see "evaluation").

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Face-to-face teaching and individual supervision. The course is made of several 2-hour sessions, according to the schedule. After that, sessions in small groups take place on appointment with the Professor or an assistant, to discuss the difficulties that arise during the fieldwork. The course will take place during the winter semester.

Recommended or required readings

Instructions for the fieldwok as well as the papers discussed and an additional thematic bibliography will be available for loading on the web portal MyULg.

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation will take into account the mastery of theoretical and analytical tools of anthropology of communication and the observation skills. The written account of the fieldwork will be the basis for the evaluation. This report will have the formal characteristics of a scientific paper, with a theoretical introduction, the presentation of the observational data and a discussion. The students will possibly be asked to present their report orally in front of the class. Precise evaluation criteria will figure in the instructions document that wil be delivered in due time.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

We try as much as possible to offer individual follow-up for the students.


Véronique Servais