Units of Study

ANTH2654 - Forms of Families

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Ryan Schram


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.


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


2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


12 Junior credit points from Anthropology


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