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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Classes

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

Assessment

100wd terminology quiz (10%) and 400wd discussion questions (10%) and 1500wd critical essay (30%) and 2500wd comparative essay (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)

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No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Anthropology

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