• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Simone Dennis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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, 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

  1. Essay (3500 words) (40) [LO 3,4,5]
  2. Tutorial PowerPoint Presentation, 10 mins (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Mini Essays x 5, 600 words each (8% each for a total of 40%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5931 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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