1. Basic notions, theories, and concepts. Fundamentals of domination: the sacred, the legitimate, the ideological, the discursive. Theories on power and its perspectives of analysis.
2. Social forms of organization. Egalitarian, segmental, and hierarchical organizations. Structures in modern states and the world system.
3. The problem of the continuum. Identities and nationalisms. Thinking about possibilities.
4. Manifestations of power: physical and symbolic violence. Physical violence: war, terrorism. Symbolic violence: the media. Control of time and memory.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Analytical and critical capacity to define, understand, and address any problem in work scenarios within multi- and intercultural contexts.
- Skills to design alternatives for resolving social and cultural conflicts by applying multidisciplinary tools.
- Mastery of the necessary theoretical, analytical, and methodological knowledge that is transdisciplinary in nature for use in distinct specific social and cultural situations and problems.
- Ability to update, consolidate, and integrate new knowledge to improve professional practice using self-learning continuous techniques and improvements and critical analysis.
- Skills to analyze, evaluate, and assess distinct professional, institutional, territorial, and/or associative scenarios through the identification of problems, interpretation of data, and the formulation of solutions by applying action methodologies that favor community participation.
- Critical capacity for social analysis of the causes and consequences of inequality and discrimination, keeping in mind the full diversity between persons, fundamental rights, and equal opportunities between men and women, the principles of equal opportunities and universal access for persons with disabilities, and the very values of a culture at peace and with democratic values.
- Ability to handle theoretical concepts, perspectives, and scientific and social methodologies in an advanced manner in contemporary social, economic, political, and cultural situations.
- Capacity of analysis and synthesis to understand issues related to social, economic, political, and cultural situations and problems from a critical point of view.
- Ability to transfer and apply theoretical knowledge and scientific and social methodologies to new situations and problems.
- Capability of presenting and communicating work results in a clear manner to specialized and non-specialized audiences.
- Skills for autonomous acquisition and self-study of knowledge from a transdisciplinary perspective.
- Mastery of the strategies necessary for critical access to information and reliability in the use of documentary sources.
- Capacity to critically understand social and cultural manifestations of power.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- To analyse the connections between institutions (economic, social, political, rituals, etc.) and the diversity of their structurations.
- To understand the diversity of social and cultural manifestations of power.
- To understand the legitimation processes among the different institutionalized powers in the state, inter-state and geopoligical dimensions.
- To apply the knowledge acquired to the explanation of social contemporary issues in their political dimension: global consequences of current domination structures.
Methodology and grading
- Case studies: Learning through the analysis of actual or simulated cases in order to interpret and resolve them by employing various alternative solution procedures.
- Lecture: Pass on knowledge and activate cognitive processes in students, encouraging their participation.
- Problem-based learning: Develop active learning strategies through problem solving that promote thinking, experimentation, and decision making in the student.
The evaluation system is of two types: continuous assessment and final assessment.
- Ongoing evaluation is participation motivated, critical and reasoned enough bases to readings in lectures and practical sessions (40%) and performing a critical essay type bibliographic work from an anthropological perspective on 15 pages maximum choose a topic (60%). This final evaluation is calculated together with the subjects of practical foundations of Social Anthropology and Theories of Anthropology.
- The final evaluation is done by examination or final test of the theoretical and practical contents of the course (100%).