• 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
  • Course convener
    • Andrew Leary
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course explores some of anthropology's perspectives on personhood and related concepts (self, subject, individual). It presents a body of relevant ideas and cross-cultural in-depth case studies from Melanesia, and other parts of the Pacific, Aboriginal Australia, and contemporary Western socio-cultural settings.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Recognise the cultural and historical specificity of different models of personhood found throughout the world.
  2. Interrogate and denaturalise assumptions about personhood found in contemporary western societies (including Australia).
  3. Identify the ethnocentric character of many assumptions about personhood made by anthropologists and other social scientists.
  4. Analyse the place and meaning, in their own cultural contexts, of a range of (often unfamiliar) knowledges and practices pertaining to personhood.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial Participation (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Tutorial presentation, 5 mins (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Essay, 2000 words (40%) [Learning outcomes 1–4]
Take-home examination, 2000 words (45%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Anthropology (ANTH) or Gender Studies (GEND) courses, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6057.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7008 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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