SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCE *This booklet should be read in conjunction with the 2012-13, Social and Political Science, Student Handbook - a guide to common information and procedures for students in first and/or second year courses throughout the School. There you will find detailed information on a wide variety of topics (including assessment of coursework, criteria for grading work, plagiarism, study skills, course evaluation, etc.).
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/__data/assets/word_doc/0020/71345/SPSYear1_and_2H-book12-13v2.doc What is Social Anthropology? Social Anthropology is the comparative study of human conduct and thought in their social context. Societies around the world vary enormously in their social, cultural and political forms, and their individual members display an initially overwhelming diversity of ideas and behaviour. The study of these variations, and the common humanity which underlies them and renders them intelligible to sympathetic outsiders, lies at the heart of Social Anthropology. Anthropologists acquire their information through a distinctive method termed ‘participant observation’. This means that they spend many months or even years living among the people with whom they are researching, sharing their experiences as far as possible, and hence attempting to gain a well-rounded understanding of that society and of the activities and opinions of its members.
The remainder of this booklet* provides: *a map detailing the location of Social Anthropology and the lecture theatre