Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Course code SOCA1020Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces students to Social and Cultural Anthropology. The course introduces: the history of anthropology and of anthropological thought; the nature of anthropological fieldwork; some of the main areas of ethnographic specialisation within the School of Social Sciences (e.g. Melanesia, Aboriginal Australia, South Asia, Islamic societies, Southeast Asia); and examines how the study of other cultures and societies can help us deal with urgent problems confronting today's world.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. To provide an introduction to the discipline of social and cultural anthropology as a reflexive, critical mode of research into contemporary society.
2. To further develop students' understanding of the nature of social research.
3. To develop students' systematic, critical and sympathetic understanding of the nature of the contemporary world society, its pattern of inquality and its ongoing transformations.
4. To further enhance students' scholarly skills including capacity for effective research and critical appraisal of relevant literature, and skills in critique, logical debate, oral presentation and written communication.
ContentThe course introduces the history of anthropology and of anthropological thought and, the nature of anthropological fieldwork. Specific topics vary from year to year, but may include:
1 The historical development of modern social and cultural anthropology.
2 Basic theoretical and analytic models applied in anthropology.
3 The relationship between society and environment.
4 The impact of global economic and cultural processes on societies around the world.
5 The variety and transformations of forms of social and political organisation, and cultural expression among non-western societies.
6 Anthropology of urban societies, the variety and form of ethnic and cultural expression in post-colonial and cosmopolitan settings in a rapidly changing world.
7 Questions of gender and sexuality in a cross-cultural context.
8 The relevance of the study of other cultures to urgent problems confronting today's world, such as the accelerating environmental crisis.
Replacing Course(s)SOCA102 Introduction to Sociology and Social Anthropology
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SOCA102 Introduction to Sociology and Social Anthropology or SOCA102C Introduction to Sociology and Social Anthropology may not enrol in SOCA1020 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay of 1,500 words (40%) due week 9.
Examination: FormalTwo-hour multiple-choice examination (45%).
Other: (please specify)Group assessment and class participation (15%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SOCA1020