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:

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

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):

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:

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