84272 - Anthropology of Southern Asia (1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will have acquired the conceptual tools to cope with specific themes of the ethnographic contexts of South Asia; they will be able to evaluate a range of sources critically and organize related printed or digital material; they will have developed the skills necessary to examine issues related to social change and socio-religious plurality.

Course contents

Students are strongly advised to check the section “avvisi” in the professor’s home page for all updates regarding the exam.

The course will illustrate the main topics concerning the anthropological study of the area (caste, kinship, gender, religion, ethnic conflict, diaspora), referring in particular to the Sri Lankan context.


  1. Natali Cristiana (ed.), Contesti etnografici dell’Asia meridionale, Milano, CUEM, 2010 ( the text is online as teaching material).
  2. Natali Cristiana, Sabbia sugli dèi. Pratiche commemorative tra le Tigri tamil (Sri Lanka), Bologna, Clueb (NUOVA EDIZIONE), 2020.
The programme for non-attending students doesn't require any additional material because non-attendance implies a greater amount of individual studying.

Teaching methods

Lectures with interactive components and Power Point presentations.

Assessment methods

Students are strongly advised to check the section “avvisi” in the professor’s home page for all information regarding the programme and the exam.

The exam consists in a 2-hour written test. For each volume, there will be a question with open answer. There is no upper word limit for answers.

Students are requested to show good knowledge of the bibliography, critical analytic skills and appropriate linguistic communicative ability.

The mark will be assigned taking into account the following evaluation levels:

30 cum laude: excellent performance showing soundness of knowledge, rich discursive articulation and appropriate expression;

30: very good performance, complete and appropriate knowledge, well articulated and appropriately expressed;

29-27: good performance, more than satisfactory knowledge, well-expressed;

26-24: standard performance, essential knowledge, but not comprehensive and/or not always correctly expressed;

23-21: sufficient performance, general but superficial knowledge, often inappropriately expressed showing confused articulation;

20-18: poor performance, with just acceptable expression and articulation with significant gaps;

<18: Insufficient performance, absent or very incomplete knowledge, lack of orientation in the discipline.

Students can consult exams dates and register at the following URL [http://www.unibo.it/Portale/Guida/AlmaEsami.htm].

Teaching tools

Attending students are kindly invited, from February, to subscribe to the following mailing list in order to receive information about possible variations in lecture timetable and rooms:


Office hours

See the website of Cristiana Natali