- Code ANTH6064
- 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, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Asia-Pacific Studies
This course provides an overview of the types of environmental disasters that commonly affect both human and non-human primates. When considering humans alone, the course will examine the effect of environmental disasters cross-culturally by comparing victimology along with how different populations have prepared for, responded to and recovered from past disasters. The course will then expand on this through cross-species comparisons with the way other primates respond to and recover from the same (or similar) disasters. This course will also consider the role of disaster relief agencies in different cultural contexts and will use information learned from historical disasters to discuss what the expected impact of current environmental disasters may be.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- place the concept of disasters in both historical and current perspectives and recognize factors that influence preparedness and both the short and long-term response to environmental disasters;
- compile information from a variety of academic resources to identify common themes in long-term population responses to disasters across cultures and across species and understand how and why responses are similar or different;
- use a historical case study to explain how an environmental disaster has impacted a specific population of human and/or non-human primate;
- critically analyse existing disaster relief plans; and
- use historical examples to predict how populations may be expected to respond to current natural disasters and use this information to determine possible effective relief plans.
- Midterm examination, 55 mins (20) [LO 1,5]
- Essay (3500 words) (25) [LO 1,2]
- Tutorial Presentation (depending on class size this will be either individual or in groups of 2-3), 40 mins (20) [LO 3]
- Disaster relief plan (1500 words) (10) [LO 4]
- Online discussion (250 words x 6 discussion entries for a total of 1500 words) (20) [LO 5]
- Tutorial participation (5) [LO 3]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
The Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective. Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susanna Hoffman. 1999. Routledge Press.
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