- Code ANTH1002
- 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
The three disciplines of Anthropology, Archaeology and Biological Anthropology originally stem from a common quest to understand human beings as embodied subjects of culture and evolution. Each of the disciplines shares a core concern with cultural identity, difference and change across time and space, in both material and nonmaterial worlds. They deploy a wide range of theoretical frameworks and methodologies (fieldwork, lab work, data analysis) that in many ways bridge the divide between the humanities, the social sciences and the physical sciences. In introducing students to ways in which the three disciplines approach Nature and Culture, the course will build on the two overarching themes of Body and Environment. Within these, students will investigate key topics and case studies around bipedality, foodways, totemism, migration, archaeological tourism and more. Although materials and methods differ between disciplines, the challenge of the Anthropocene makes it more critical than ever to understand the past, present and future of our societies, and what it is that makes us human. This course provides a unique cross disciplinary perspective on these vital questions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate foundational disciplinary knowledge of anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology;
- understand the diversity of theoretical and methodological frameworks (differences and similarities) across the three disciplines;
- demonstrate capacity for critical analysis of case studies and important empirical and conceptual issues relating to human diversity through the various disciplinary lenses; and
- evaluate how the disciplines are relevant to a better understanding of past, present and future societies.
- 400 word response essay or comparable task testing comprehension of course readings and disciplinary language and concepts; requiring prior interactive teamwork done in tutorials (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 workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Bernard H.R. (2006, 4th edition), Research methods in Anthropology, Qualitative and quantitative methods, Altamira press (open access)
Maric, L.P. (2015) Introducing Anthropology - What Makes Us Human?, Wiley Global Research (STMS). Available from: VitalSource Bookshelf.
Mitchell P. (2018), Introduction to archaeological methods and sources (open access: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.367 )
Shook, B. et al Eds. (2019) Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology. (Eds). New York: American Anthropological Association. 2019.
Wragg Sykes, R. (2020), Kindred: Neanderthal life, love, death and art, Bloomsbury
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