Forms of Families (ANTH2654)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x100wd terminology quiz (10%), 1x400wd discussion questions (10%) , 1x1500wd critical Essay (30%), 1x2500wd comparative Essay (40%), Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Anthropology

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.