• Class Number 6657
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Anthea Snowsill
    • Dr Anthea Snowsill
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

The remarkable economic emergence of Asia in recent decades has transformed many impoverished and largely agriculturally based societies into the most dynamic region of the contemporary world. Asia’s burgeoning aspirational middle classes, rapid urbanisation, the expansion of participatory democracy and the shift from command economies to de-regulated markets have had profound effects on people’s everyday lives and the diverse cultural practices that have long shaped local livelihoods and community expectations. This course offers an introduction into anthropological approaches to the study of culture, modernity and globalisation in Asia. Relevant themes that have attracted anthropological interest include changing traditions and popular culture, adaptive custom and cosmopolitanism, migration and citizenship, identity politics and social movements as well as distinctive and emergent forms of governance in both collective and self-cultivating forms of expression. Drawing on a rich corpus of social theory and ethnographic research from anthropologists past and present, the course will provide students with conceptual and analytical tools to appreciate adaptive cultural practices in comparative terms, to review and appreciate the key anthropological debates and influential works in the study of modernity, and to introduce students to ethnographic approaches for researching and writing on modernity and contemporary ethnographies of global connection.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

1  Demonstrate understanding of theories and debates around modernity and concepts of culture
2. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in anthropology and its central research method - ethnography
3. Critically utilise case studies and relevant source material when arguing analytical points in writing.
4. Summarise, digest and present the contents of analytical readings for a wider audience.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Introduction: Anthropological Perspectives on Culture and Modernity
2 Week 2: Making of a Nation-State: Belonging, Citizenship and Diversity
3 Week 3: Colonial Legacies, Post-Colonial Presents, and Decolonial Futures
4 Week 4: Economy and Technologies of Development Short Essay Due
5 Week 5: Power: Class and Inequality
6 Week 6: Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality
7 Week 7: Ethnography Workshop We will work in groups to learn how to write ethnographically.
8 Week 8: Popular Culture and Mass Media Ethnographic Narrative Due
9 Week 9: Consumption Cultures: Food and Drink
10 Week 10: Environmental Perspectives: Capitalism and Climate Change in Asia
11 Week 11: Cosmopolitanism and Global Futures in Asia
12 Week 12: Presentations of the Final Essay Research Presentations Due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial participation 10 % 28/10/2022 06/11/2022 1,2
Research Presentation 10 % 26/10/2022 02/11/2022 1,2
Ethnographic Narrative (1200 words) 20 % 28/09/2022 19/10/2022 2,3,4
Short Essay (1200 words) 20 % 17/08/2022 24/08/2022 2,3,4
Final Essay (2500 words) 40 % 09/11/2022 23/11/2022 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 06/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Tutorial participation

Students are expected to actively participate and engage in discussion in this seminar style course. This involves displaying a commitment to attendance, doing the weekly readings, submitting short reading reflections, and signing up for reading presentations.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 26/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 02/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Research Presentation

In Week 12, students will give a 10 minute presentation based on their research for the final essay due at the end of the course. Presentations will take place according to a roster, which will be shared with the class beforehand. Students will have the option to creatively present their work according to a format of their choosing. All students are expected to participate in the class and provide feedback to their peers. The focus of the presentation will be to workshop a draft of the essay paper. The presentations are aimed at increasing our knowledge about the essay's main question, as well as contributing to the enhancement of students' communications skills.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 19/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Ethnographic Narrative (1200 words)

In Week 7 we will devote an entire session to an ethnography workshop where we learn how to write ethnographically. In Week 8 students will be required to submit an ethnographic narrative for assessment using the skills learnt during the workshop in the previous week. Students will plan and conduct a 15 minute ethnographic interview, dealing with an aspect of culture and modernity in Asia. You can select a place and geographical location that your interview partner/ research subject is personally familiar with.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 17/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 24/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Short Essay (1200 words)

This essay will be due in Week 4. For this essay, students will need to respond to a selected essay question by critically evaluating a set of the class readings and provide their analysis. Details will be shared on Wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 09/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 23/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Final Essay (2500 words)

This essay assessment is based on individual research and analysis. The essay should address any issue discussed during weekly discussions, i.e. to explore the inter-relationship between modernity and consumerism, technology, middle-class, popular culture, religious ideologies, urbanization, industralization, and so on. It can cover any issue which particularly interests students and is relevant to the course. It should address a problem within a country, geography, or a region in Asia. Topics must be approved by the course convenor in advance to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the final grades. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Anthea Snowsill
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Anthropology; Ethnicity; Myanmar

Dr Anthea Snowsill

By Appointment
Dr Anthea Snowsill
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Anthea Snowsill

By Appointment

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