Cultural Anthropology

Course unit code Б.3 Б14 / Б.3 ДВ2

Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory/Optional

Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle; sub-level if applicable) First

Year of study (if applicable) 3

Semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered Autumn

Number of ECTS credits allocated 3

Name of lecturer(s) Elena Belyaeva, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.,

Svetlana Strelkova, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.,

Mission statement

The mission of the course is to create a learning environment through which students can come to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultures, to give them both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of Cultural Studies, necessary to be successful professionals and to participate in multilingual communities and the global society.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

On the completion of the course the students should:

  • know about contemporary anthropological theory and basic research methods;
  • develop awareness of cultural diversity and strategies for minimizing miscommunication across cultures;
  • develop greater analytical and critical skills;
  • master basic principles of anthropological research and evaluate their relevance;
  • apply appropriate research techniques for data collection and analysis;
  • conduct field studies domestically and internationally;
  • gain a qualitatively better knowledge of key anthropological issues and be able to use the gained knowledge in future professional activity and intercultural communication in the global society;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills in multicultural environments.

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

  • Face-to-face, distance learning
  • Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • Theory of Intercultural Communication, British and American Studies. Basic knowledge in the field of Intercultural Communication is necessary.

Recommended optional programme components

Fieldwork (direct observation, participant observation, interviewing, problem-oriented research, team research) on topics of Cultural Anthropology studied (e.g. fieldwork on cultural identities, subcultures, media and new technologies, gender studies, city space, etc.).

Course contents

Lectures and seminars on the following topics (9 lectures, 9 seminars):

  • Basic Notions and Methods of Cultural Anthropology;
  • Theory and Practice of Anthropological Research;
  • Language and Culture;
  • Culture and World Outlook;
  • Architecture of Identity. Northern Identities;
  • Cultural Symbolism;
  • Globalization and Culture;
  • Popular Culture;
  • Multiculturalism and Problems of Global Society.

Required reading

  1. Belyaeva E. Cultural Anthropology. Part II: Teaching resources. Arkhangelsk, Pomor University, 2006. 104 p.
  2. Kottak C.P. Cultural anthropology: Appreciating cultural diversity. McGraw-Hill, 2011. 14th ed. 514 p.
  3. Strelkova S. Cultural Anthropology. Part I: Teaching resources. Arkhangelsk, Pomor University, 2006.85 p.

Recommended reading

  1. Alasuutari P. Researching Culture: Qualitative Method and Cultural Studies. Sage Publications (CA), 2011. 224 p.
  2. Giddens A. The Reith Lectures. Runaway World. Available from:
  3. Hartley J. A Short History of Cultural Studies. SAGE, 2003. 200 p.
  4. Storey J. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture. 5th ed. Longman, 2009. 280 p.
  5. Tomlinson J. Globalization and Culture. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004. 237 p.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

  • interactive lectures;
  • directed study of textbooks and journal articles;
  • active learning (project work);
  • seminars (group discussions, round tables, disputes, group expertise, project presentations);
  • empirical workshops;
  • fieldwork on anthropological issues;
  • students’ presentations of fieldwork.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment is based on participation in weekly class discussions, fieldwork, presentation of fieldwork and final exam. The final exam includes a multiple choice questions test and 2 problem solving exercises on the topics studied.

participating in weekly class discussions




presentation of fieldwork


final exam


Language of instruction English

Work placement(s) None