- Code ANTH1003
- 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, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, International Relations, Sociology
Just how involved are we are on a daily basis with the processes, the politics, the social and economic relations and the other formations that constitute this complex and slightly scary thing called globalisation? Beginning with some of the things that are closest and most familiar to us - including the clothes on our backs - we're going to start at the ground and trace upwards the links that attach us to far off countries, economies, sites of production and fellow humans. In this way, we will trace our own map of the world system and get some sort of critical understanding of how we slot into it. In the process, we will ask 'Is there a more ethical way for us to approach some of those core global practices in which we all participate: consumption, tourism, inhabiting the city, and using the internet and social media?' How, in this immensely complex context, are we to be good global citizens?
In the process of doing this we will learn the fundamental concepts anthropologists and other social scientists use to make sense of globalisation's exciting new cultural and social forms and its not so exciting new forms of exploitation and inequality. The focus will be on understanding the language of the anthropology of globalisation, and the practical and critical application of its key concepts to real life global issues. We will use an innovative team based learning approach in which students help each other workshop the weekly readings and carry out critical and interpretive activities in class based on real life case studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the core language and key conceptual approaches found in anthropological and related social science writing on globalisation and development, allowing them to read and comprehend such texts independently;
- apply the core language and key concepts of the anthropology of globalisation to real life case studies, thus producing a critical analysis of practices and discourses of globalisation and development;
- identify and debate the ethical issues around our participation in practices of globalisation that act to produce extreme forms of social, economic and environmental inequality and exploitation, and identify ways of being better "global citizens"; and
- interact and work with peers on team based activities in a productive and mutually supportive way.
- 500 word response essay or comparable task testing comprehension of course readings and anthropological language and concepts; requiring prior interactive teamwork (10% x 10 completed weekly) (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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.
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