• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Francesca Merlan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The aim of this course is to develop a critical focus on issues in anthropology and the social sciences, and to develop research skills. The course focuses on the questions: What is a problem in anthropology, and in the social sciences? How can one relate theory to empirical material?
The first activity will be to collectively read and discuss previously written theses, in order to consider: What is the writer’s question? Is it clearly enunciated? How is the question answered?

Secondly, each student will select a particular research area, according to interest (e.g., ‘invention of tradition’, ‘studies of globalization in anthropology’, ‘diaspora’, ‘contemporary kinship studies’, ‘the concept of participation in development policy and practice’, or the like), in consultation with the class and instructor. The student will be responsible for the development of an annotated bibliography on this subject from social science literature. Emphasis should be given to surveying recent literature, but the main task is to provide an overview of the development of the issue over time. The student will analyse the problem orientations that have characterised this development. Students will be asked to attend particular sessions (e.g., offered by Information Literacy Program) on the use of electronic search facilities, and there will be some class sessions focusing specifically on search, annotation and especially issues in critical summary of research material.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
· 1,500 - 2,000 word paper 15%
· Annotated bibliography; 15%
· 7000-8000 word research essay providing an overview of the development of this issue over time as well as principal contemporary emphases; 50%
· class presentation of the research before the essay is due 10%
· attendance and participation in weekly seminars 10%

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH8018.


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12 units

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2014 $4956
2013 $4944
2012 $4944
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2009 $4572
2008 $4572
2007 $4572
2006 $4572
2005 $4572
2004 $3852
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6038 28 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 07 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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