History of Anthropological Thought (ANTH2666)


This unit surveys the key thinkers, theories and ethnographic researches that have shaped the historical development of anthropological thought. The central focus is on the interrelationships and differences between the Continental, British and American thinkers and lineages set against the backdrop of general ideas that defined the Western world-views of the last two centuries. This historical trajectory is systematically referred to its much longer tradition of critical thought and coordinated with the topics and debates in contemporary anthropological discourses.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd Essay (35%), 1x2500wd Essay (65%)

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12 Junior credit points from Anthropology



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