- Code ANTH6005
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology
Pre-invasion Indigenous 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 anthropological understanding of the customary or ‘traditional’ practices and beliefs as they were at the threshold of colonisation and to critically engage with representations while respecting First Peoples' insights and perspectives. We will focus on relationality, and in particular the multiple ways in which connectivity underpins Indigenous worldviews. Exploring these issues also means exploring the intellectual struggles non-Indigenous people have had and continue to have to come to terms with Indigenous societies and cultures, as well as understanding why and how Indigenous social and cultural practices capture the scholarly imagination.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an informed understanding of the complexities of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions prior to invasion and their continuities in a colonising context;
- appreciate the diversity of Indigenous societies and cultures prior to invasion and their continuities in a colonising context;
- describe some of the basic features of Indigenous economic, social and religious life and their interrelationships;
- demonstrate knowledge of selected fundamental concepts in anthropology and the debates around them; and
- demonstrate capacity to analyse public and scholarly debates and summarise findings and develop research habits.
- Workshop participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Group work (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Annotated bibliography (10) [LO 5]
- Take home exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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 workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
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