• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Anthropology has always concerned itself with forms of relationship that structure people's lives and the social systems they inhabit.  Understanding family, blood, and relatedness are vital to understanding both our personal, intimate dilemmas and the relations that structure the global political economy. The study of kinship is foundational to anthropology, and is being revitalized in anthropology as new work on gender, family and advanced reproductive technologies provide novel perspectives on classic questions of how relatedness is practiced, and on the theories we use to understand these practices. In this course students will investigate the place of kinship in anthropological theory and in ethnographic case studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the influence that the study of kinship has had on the discipline of anthropology;
  2. Identify the distinctiveness of the different schools of thought surrounding the study of kinship;
  3. Describe how the study of kinship has been revitalized in the discipline, and discuss its contemporary worth to anthropology;
  4. Explain how the ethnographic materials discussed in the course illuminate the enduring relevance of kinship in the discipline;
  5. Demonstrate key skills in methods used to source data on kinship;
  6. Develop an argument utilizing key ideas and theories pertaining to kinship and relatedness.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1 - 4

2 x Response Papers of 1000 words each (20% each) Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,6

Genealogical diagram with analysis (20%) Learning Outcome 5

Final essay of 3,500 words (30%) Learning Outcome 6

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One 3 hour seminar (comprising of a two hour lecture and one hour discussion/workshop) per week for 13 weeks.  Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of study per week outside of scheduled class time to complete course reading and assessment requirements (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of courses towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6067.

Prescribed Texts

Will be listed on the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

Parkin, R. 1997. Kinship: An Introduction to Basic Concepts. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell

Parkin, R. and L. Stone. 2004. Kinship and family: an anthropological reader. Oxford : Blackwell.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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