The study of kinship is a classical topic in social anthropology. A comparative approach will be adopted here to examine the meaning and structure of different kinds of kinship organizations. This course will discuss how kinship acts as an idiom for economics, politics, and social organizations. We shall also examine the way in which kinship ties in the family, lineage and clans are formed and manipulated at different historical times and in different places. The module is offered to all students throughout NUS with interests in kinship and family.