Anthropology

Anthropology

ANTH1001 Cultural Difference: An Introduction

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week or equivalent in intensive Summer session Prohibitions: ANTH1003 Assessment: 1x1000wd Essay (15%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2hr Exam (40%), Tutorial participation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Anthropology explores and explains cultural difference while affirming the unity of humankind. It provides accounts of cultural specificity that illuminate the world today. Lectures will address some examples of cultural difference from the present and the past. These examples will introduce modern Anthropology, the method of ethnography, and its related forms of social and cultural analysis.
ANTH1002 Anthropology and the Global

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: ANTH1004 Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 2hr exam (45%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Anthropology's long-term ethnographic method, within a specific cultural setting, allows for a particularly intimate understanding of people's experiences of the social worlds they inhabit. This unit shows the importance of this experiential intimacy for understanding some of the key issues associated with globalisation: the culturally diverse forms of global capitalism, the transnational communities emanating from global population movements, the transformations of colonial and post-colonial cultures, the rise of global movements and the corresponding transformation of Western nationalism.
ANTH1801 Social Anthropology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ANTH1802 Social Anthropology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ANTH2601 The Ethnography of Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x350wd Seminar presentation (10%), 1x150wd map exercise (5%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Southeast Asia is a region of great geographic and cultural diversity, a meeting point for civilisational influences from India and China including the religions of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. It is also the laboratory for much anthropological inquiry, attracting the attention of prominent anthropologists and social scientists, like Geertz and Anderson. This unit will examine Southeast Asia in historical and contemporary context, and give grounded ethnographic illustration to such issues as nationalism, cities, migration, political violence, environment and agriculture.
ANTH2603 Melanesian Worlds: Old and New

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Neil Maclean Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x2750wd long essay (60%), 1x750wd take home exercise (20%), 1x500wd tutorial log (10%) and tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Melanesia is both a distinctive culture area and, with over 1000 different languages, a site of intense and highly localised cultural variation. This unit will explore the nature of that variation around themes of power, status, gender, secrecy, cosmology and local organization. The unit also examines the impact of this diversity on modern projects of Christianity, State Formation and the Market Economy and the influence this has had on the wider anthropological literature on Modernity.
ANTH2605 Aboriginal Australia: Cultural Journeys

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH2010, ANTH2025 Assessment: 1x1000wd Essay (30%), 3000wd Essay (55%), Tutorial log (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the societies and socio-cultural practices of Australian Aboriginal peoples and compares the anthropology of the central desert with that of other remote as well as with rural and urban areas. These regions are distinctive - culturally, ecologically and historically - yet share commonalities in practices of kin-relatedness and its 'writing' onto country, and experiences of incorporation into the nation-state. The journeys to be explored are spatial and historical to understand how mobility and mutability characterise Aboriginal practice.
ANTH2606 Culture and the Unconscious

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (70%), 1x2hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This is a unit on psychoanalytic anthropology. With the focus on the unconscious dimension of human cultural existence the unit critically examines the systematic topical, theoretical, ethnographic and historical aspects of this unique field of anthropological inquiry. All psychoanalytic conceptual frameworks are elucidated and assessed through ethno-psychoanalytic work done in different cultural life-worlds. Firmly grounded in detailed ethnographic evidence the unit provides a comprehensive phenomenological-existential validation of the discipline and its contribution to both anthropology and psychoanalysis.
ANTH2620 China: Contemporary Ethnographies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) Assessment: 5x100wd reading responses (25%) and 1000wd Essay (25%) and 2500wd Essay (40%) and class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Ethnographers from a range of disciplines have been studying Chinese society for decades. In this unit, we will read a selection of recent ethnographic works, focusing on those published within the last fifteen years. This unit will include specific case studies of major contemporary issues in China, to understand how ethnographers use different methods and theories to construct arguments.
ANTH2623 Gender: Anthropological Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week or equivalent in intensive Summer session Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies) Prohibitions: ANTH2023, ANTH2020 Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (55%), 1x1500wd Essay (35%), 1x500wd Tutorial paper and presentation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the social and cultural dimensions of gender and sexuality in non-western societies. The main focus is the body in two interrelated senses. Firstly, how the body is culturally constructed by giving aspects of gender and sexuality meanings that do not simply reflect biology. Secondly, how bodies are socially constructed, for example through ritual. The relations of the dimensions of the body to the articulation of power and social change are also considered.
ANTH2625 Culture and Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x, 1500wd Essay (40%), 1x1400wd Take-home exercise (35%), 1x1hr multiple-choice exam (15%), 12x weekly 50wd reading notes (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The 1949 speech by US president, Harry Truman, declared his country's commitment to the 'development' of the Third World, and began what many consider to be development as an institutional approach to non-Western societies. Anthropology, well established in its study of non-Western societies, was able to offer a rich ethnographic insight into the developing world. Combining ethnographic detail with social science concepts, this unit covers topics such as food crisis, land, environment, cities, fair trade, migration, nation-state, NGOs, poverty and informal economy.
ANTH2627 Medical Anthropology

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies) Prohibitions: ANTH2027 Assessment: 1x1000wd Essay (30%), 1x3000wd Take-home exercise (60%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Medical anthropology is a comparative and ethnographic response to the global influence of biomedicine within diverse cultural worlds. This unit will examine major theoretical approaches, their respective critiques, and the methods that underpin them. Concepts such as 'health/illness', 'disease', 'well-being', 'life-death', and 'body/mind' will be located in a variety of cultural contexts and their implications for different approaches to diagnosis and treatment considered. The unit will include culturally located case studies of major contemporary health concerns, such as AIDS.
ANTH2629 Race and Ethnic Relations

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH2117 Assessment: 1x1000wd short written assignment (30%), 1x1000wd equivalent group Oral Presentation (15%), 1x2500wd Essay (45%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
A comparative study of race and ethnic group relations. The unit will consider the history of ideas of 'race' and practices of racialising and their relationship to ethnicity. It will draw on studies from various areas including North America, the Caribbean, Japan and Australia.
ANTH2630 Indigenous Australians and Modernity

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (35%), 2x250wd Assignments (20%), 1x2hr exam (35%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Australian Aboriginal peoples have always engaged with the 'modern world' but Enlightenment ideas established a colonial context juxtaposing modernity with tradition. Indigenous difference was locked into past-oriented, static and small-scale traditions. The unit examines some key concepts of modernity, including progress, civility, change, tradition - and modernity itself - so as to shed light on Australian Indigenous people's experiences, past and present, as colonial subjects. The unit will explore Aboriginal engagement with, for instance, work, vehicles, the law, and the arts (painting, music etc) as practices through which Aboriginal people have sought 'alternative modernities'.
ANTH2631 Being There: Method in Anthropology

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology and 6 Senior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x, 1500wd Essay (30%), 1x3000wd fieldwork-based project (60%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Anthropology's distinctive method, termed ethnography, requires the researcher's involvement as a 'participant observer' with the group of people being studied. This unit takes a practical approach to the study of ethnography, developing students' understanding of the foundational role of field research in the creation of new knowledge in the discipline. Topics covered include: history of the method; diversity of research topics and settings; research ethics, design, techniques, and analysis. Students will devise and report on their own project.
ANTH2632 Anthropology of the Body

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x1000wd Take-home exercise (25%), 1x2500wd Major Essay (50%), 1x1000wd Tutorial notebook (20%), Tutorial participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The body as a site of culture has been of interest to anthropologists from the inception of the discipline. This unit focuses on the theory and history of developments in anthropological approaches to the body through the study of key texts in a range of theoretical approaches, including Mauss, Marx, Bourdieu, phenomenology and post-structuralism. Each theoretical approach will be matched with classic and contemporary ethnographic readings.
ANTH2653 Economy and Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x2500wd essay (60%) and 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Economic anthropology teaches that there are different kinds of economy, grounded in different forms of value (gift, commodity) and on different rationalities (kinship, chiefly, market). The nature of these differences is explored through ethnographic studies, as are the conflicts that arise from their articulation within a global system. Characterisations of economic practice are as corrupt, irrational, informal, black, profit as the work of the devil, money as bitter are treated as signs of such systemic conflict.
Textbooks
reading lists will be available at the beginning of semester
ANTH2654 Forms of Families

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x100wd terminology quiz (10%), 1x400wd discussion questions (10%) , 1x1500wd critical Essay (30%), 1x2500wd comparative Essay (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
ANTH2666 History of Anthropological Thought

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH2501 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (35%), 1x2500wd Essay (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
ANTH2667 The Anthropology of Religion

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Religion Studies) Assessment: 10x100wd reflections (15%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2000wd Research essay (45%), Tutorial participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit will examine various ways anthropologists have theorised religious belief and practice, and we will challenge these ideas by looking at the vast diversity of religious forms. Starting with the major theories of Durkheim, Weber and others, the Unit will focus on what anthropologists have identified as the key elements of religious forms cross-culturally. It will also look at debates around these ideas. Special emphasis will be put on the continuing salience of religious ideas and identities in modernity.
ANTH2804 Social Anthropology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ANTH2805 Social Anthropology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ANTH2806 Social Anthropology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ANTH2810 Social Anthropology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ANTH2811 Social Anthropology Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ANTH3601 Contemporary Theory and Anthropology

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH3922, ANTH3921 Assessment: 500wd Research essay outline (10%) and 1500wd Essay (30%) and 4000wd Research essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit consolidates students' understanding of anthropology as a discipline through: 1) exploring key concepts of anthropological analysis and critique; 2) enhancing knowledge of the ethnographic method and its contemporary challenges; 3) strengthening research skills and experience in formulating a research project.
ANTH3602 Reading Ethnography

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH3611, ANTH3614, ANTH3613, ANTH3612 Assessment: 500wd Research essay outline (10%) and 1500wd Essay (30%) and 4000wd Research essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: this unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program
Ethnography as method is grounded in the 'participant observation' of social practice and the self-understanding of social actors in particular cultural contexts. Ethnography as analysis raises issues of representation and comparison. This unit explores these relationships in regionally and thematically specific debates.
ANTH4011 Social Anthropology Honours A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week in Semester 1 Prerequisites: 48 Senior credit points in Anthropology with at least a credit average grade. Units must include ANTH3601 and ANTH3602. Requirements for the Pass degree must be completed before entry to level 4000 honours units of study. Corequisites: ANTH4012 Assessment: 18,000-20,000wd thesis (60%) and 6000wd equivalent written work for each seminar (2x20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study based around research. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and where the overall mark is a minimum credit average (70%). Entry into Honours is selective and work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most subjects areas taught in the Faculty, and which are listed under Tables A and B in the Handbook. Students will complete a thesis and coursework seminars throughout the year. For further information contact the Honours Coordinator in the department or consult the Handbook entry for the relevant subject area.
ANTH4012 Social Anthropology Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ANTH4011 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
refer to ANTH4011
ANTH4013 Social Anthropology Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ANTH4012 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
refer to ANTH4011
ANTH4014 Social Anthropology Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ANTH4013 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
refer to ANTH4011