- Code ANTH6057
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
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:
- Recognise the cultural and historical specificity of different models of personhood found throughout the world.
- Interrogate and denaturalise assumptions about personhood found in contemporary western societies (including Australia).
- Identify the ethnocentric character of many assumptions about personhood made by anthropologists and other social scientists.
- Analyse the place and meaning, in their own cultural contexts, of a range of (often unfamiliar) knowledges and practices pertaining to personhood.
- Design and carry out an individual research project on the anthropology of personhood.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) [Learning outcomes 1–5]
Essay 1 (set topic), 2000 words (30%) [Learning outcomes 1–5]
Essay 2 (individually-negotiated topic), 4000 words (60%) [Learning outcomes 1–5]
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Workload130 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.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5006||25 Jul 2022||01 Aug 2022||31 Aug 2022||28 Oct 2022||In Person||N/A|