• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Simone Dennis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ANTH2005
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Precolonial Aboriginal cultures have long been seen as the social, economic and ecological prototype of the hunting and gathering way of life. The aim of this course is to convey a basic understanding of their customary or 'traditional' Aboriginal practices and beliefs as they were at the threshold of colonisation. Exploring these issues also means exploring the intellectual struggle Europeans have had to come to terms with Aboriginal societies and cultures, understanding why Aboriginal social and cultural practices captured the European imagination, and how they became so significant in European intellectual history and the production of European social theory.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
    1. Understand why Aboriginal societies and cultures have been so important in the history of European social theory;
    2. Critically discuss the diversity of indigenous societies and cultures prior to colonisation;
    3. Describe the core features of Indigenous economic, social and religious life and their interrelationship;
    4. Relate Australian ethnography to fundamental concepts in anthropology and the debates around them; and
    5. Better assess much of the public discourse around Aboriginal culture.

    Indicative Assessment

    Essay, 3500 words (40%) Learning outcomes 3-5
    Tutorial PowerPoint Presentation, 10 mins (20%) Learning outcomes 1-5
    Mini Essays x 5, 600 words each (8% each for a total of 40%) Learning outcomes 1-5
       

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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 workshop and workshop-like activities; and
    b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH2005.

    Specialisations

    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:
    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
    2019 $3360
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2019 $5160
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings and Dates

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    9259 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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