Units of Study

ANTH2654 - Forms of Families

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Ryan Schram

Description

Where does nature stop and culture begin? This is why anthropologists study kinship. In this unit we will survey the development of this field from its origins to its contemporary form as a critical investigation of how culture shapes the way we think about personhood, relationships, sex, gender and the body. We will compare various types of kinship systems and discuss controversies over kinship - same-sex marriage, single-parent households, cloning, in-vitro fertilization, and alternative forms of family - from a cross-cultural perspective.

Assessments

1x100wd terminology quiz (10%), 1x400wd discussion questions (10%), 1x1500wd critical essay (30%), 1x2500wd comparative essay (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)

Classes

2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2

Prerequisites

12 Junior credit points from Anthropology

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