Experience-Rich Anthropology

Enhancing the teaching and learning of anthropological concepts by widening student experience using anthropological field materials.

A consortium of UK universities led by CSAC developed "experience-based" teaching units over 3 years with the support of UK HEFCE funding under the FDTL program. This site contains information about the project and the units that have been developed.

This project is designed to enhance the teaching and learning of anthropology by encouraging teachers to help students explore the relationships between field data and analysis as reported in monographs and journal articles. Experience at UKC and elsewhere has shown that students value and benefit from being able to study field data as well as the results of its analysis. The project aims to disseminate elements, methods and sample teaching materials based on existing field data (field notes, film or photographic or other types of data) suitable for incorporation into current and new courses.


The main collection of ERA teaching materials distributed in late 1999

Other material developed as part of the ERA continuation

  1. Kaberry, P.M. Women of the Grassfields. Colonial Research Publication No 14, 1952
  2. Harris, R. The Political Organization of the Mbembe, Nigeria. Overseas Research Publication No 10, 1965
  3. Discovering Social Anthropology in Galicia (Supplementary materials to Chris Hann: Teach Yourself Social Anthropology, London, 2000.
  4. THE KALELA DANCE Aspects of Social Relationships among Urban Africans in Northern Rhodesia BY J. CLYDE MITCHELL 1956
  5. An online lecture course Systems of Ritual and Belief written and presented by John Kesby
  6. An Exhibit by Barbara Hind - an ERA workshop participant (June 2001).
  7. KNOWING WHAT YOU'RE DOING - A Review of Pierre Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice Gregory L. Acciaioli 1981