• 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
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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The course surveys the variety of approaches to the description and analysis of human social life in social/cultural anthropology through lectures and the close examination of selected texts. It does so by tracing the development of anthropological theory through the twentieth century, and with reference to its intellectual origins. The course begins by locating anthropology in its contemporary post-colonial context with an examination of critical perspectives on the history of the discipline, and explores the challenge of reading the past from the perspective of the present. It then moves from a consideration of the emergence of society as an object of study, outlines and assesses key aspects of functionalist, structural-functionalist, and structuralist approaches, explores the influence of marxism and practice theory, examines key aspects of interpretive and symbolic anthropology, and ends with an examination of the implications of post-modernity and globalisation for the doing and writing of ethnography.

Other Information

Incompatibility
ANTH8017 History of Anthropological Theory

Indicative Assessment

In-class presentation (10%), seminar attendance and participation (10%), 1500-2000 word essay (30%) and 7000-8000 word essay (50%).

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Workload

One 2-hours seminar per week

Preliminary Reading

*Kuper, A. Anthropologists and Anthropology: The British School 1922-72, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973
*Erickson, P. and Murphy, L. A History of Anthropological Theory, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2003

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
12 units

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Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $5208
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $8292
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1021 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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