Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook

Description

This courses introduces students to the history of anthropology and anthropological thought; the nature of anthropological fieldwork, and theoretical, empirical, and methodological debates within the discipline. It examines how the study of other cultures and societies can help us deal with urgent problems confronting the contemporary world.


Availability2017 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. provide an introduction to the discipline of social and cultural anthropology as a reflexive, critical mode of research into contemporary society.

2. develop an understanding of the nature of social research.

3. develop a systematic, critical and sympathetic understanding of the nature of the contemporary world society, its pattern of inequality and its ongoing transformations.

4. enhance their scholarly skills including capacity for effective research and critical appraisal of relevant literature, and skills in critique, logical debate, oral presentation and written communication.


Content

The 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.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial / Online exercises

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Exam


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2