- Code ANTH4011
- Unit Value 12 units
- 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
- Dr Ashley Carruthers
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2016
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This course surveys the variety of approaches to the description and analysis of social life in social/cultural anthropology through seminars and the close reading of selected texts. It does so by tracing the development of anthropological theory through the twentieth century, and with reference to its earlier intellectual origins. The course begins by locating anthropology in its contemporary post-colonial context, 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' and 'the social' as objects 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 globalisation and the post-representational turn for the doing and writing of ethnography.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate their acquisition of a systematic and
coherent body of knowledge of anthropological theory, its underlying principles
- Comprehend, evaluate and apply theoretical concepts;
- Review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge
acquired in their own written work as well as in class discussion.
- Demonstrate the development of a foundation for
- Demonstrate interpersonal and teamwork skills
Weekly Seminar Participation (10%) LO 1, 2, 5
Minor Essay: 2000 words (30%) LO 3, 4
Annotated bibliography: 1000 words (10%) LO 1, 2, 3, 4
Major Essay: 6000 words (40%) LO 3, 4
In-class presentation: 10 minutes (10%) LO 3, 4, 5
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2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of seminars per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 16 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 260 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsWill be published on the course Wattle site.
Eriksen, T. H., and Nielsen, F.S. A History of Anthropology London: Pluto Press, 2001.
Bohannan, P and Glazer, M., (eds) High Points in Anthropology, New York: Knopf, 1973.
Completion of a cognate major.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4742||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|