- Code ANTH8035
- 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
This course surveys the variety of approaches to the description and analysis of social life in social/cultural anthropology through seminars 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' 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 have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate extended acquisition of a systematic and coherent body of knowledge of anthropological theory, its underlying principles and concepts;
- Critically apply theoretical concepts to anthropological theory;
- Apply extended knowledge acquired in their own written work as well as in class discussion; and
- Demonstrate the development of a foundation for self-directed learning.
Indicative AssessmentWeekly Seminar Participation (10%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2]
Presentation, 20 minutes (10%) [Learning outcomes 3, 4]
Short Essay, 2000 words (30%) [Learning outcomes 1-4]
Long Essay, 6000 words (50%) [Learning outcomes 1-4]
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Workload260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks of seminars; and
b) 236 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
*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
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