Anthropology

Anthropology

ANTH1001 Cultural Difference: An Introduction

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Gaynor Macdonald Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week or equivalent in intensive Summer session Prohibitions: ANTH1003 Assessment: 1000wd essay (15%) and 1500wd essay (30%) and 2hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (15%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Terry Woronov Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: ANTH1004 Assessment: 2500wd essay (45%) and 2hr exam (45%) and tutorial participation (10%)
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.
ANTH2601 The Ethnography of Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) Assessment: 1500wd essay (30%) and 2500wd essay (45%) and 350wd seminar presentation (10%) and 150wd map exercise (5%) and tutorial participation (10%)
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.
ANTH2605 Aboriginal Australia: Cultural Journeys

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Yasmine Musharbash Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH2010, ANTH2025 Assessment: 1000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd essay (55%) and tutorial log (15%)
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

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jadran Mimica Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 2500wd essay (70%) and 2hr exam (30%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Terry Woronov Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr 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%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Rosemary Wiss (S1) Session: Semester 1,Summer Late Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week or equivalent in intensive Summer session Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013) Prohibitions: ANTH2020, ANTH2023 Assessment: 2500wd essay (55%) and 1500wd essay (35%) and 500wd tutorial paper and presentation (10%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Robbie Peters Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1500wd essay (40%) and 1400wd take-home exercise (35%) and 1hr multiple-choice exam (15%) and 12x weekly 50wd reading notes (10%)
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: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013) Prohibitions: ANTH2027 Assessment: 1000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd take-home exercise (60%) and tutorial participation (10%)
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

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrandez Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH2117 Assessment: 1000wd essay (15%) and 2000wd essay (40%) and 1.5hr exam (35%) and participation (10%)
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

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Gaynor Macdonald Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 2000wd essay (35%) and 2x250wd assignments (20%) and 2hr exam (35%) and tutorial participation (10%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Linda Connor Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology and 6 Senior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1500wd essay (30%) and 3000wd fieldwork-based project (60%) and tutorial participation (10%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Yasmine Musharbash Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 500wd tutorial notebook (10%) and 500wd equivalent group presentation (10%) and tutorial participation (5%) and 1000wd take-home exercise (25%) and 2500wd major essay (50%).
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 and ethnographic explorations of the body. By exploring Mauss's techniques of the body, Bourdieu's habitus, and embodiment theories from the 20th and early 21st centuries, the unit investigates themes like sleeping, walking, the right hand, hair, organs, military bodies and cyborgs from a cross-cultural perspective.
ANTH2654 Forms of Families

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ryan Schram Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 100wd terminology quiz (10%) and 400wd discussion questions (10%) and 1500wd critical essay (30%) and 2500wd comparative essay (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jadran Mimica Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH2501 Assessment: 2000wd essay (35%) and 2500wd essay (65%)
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.
ANTH3601 Contemporary Theory and Anthropology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Neil Maclean Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH3921, ANTH3922 Assessment: 500wd research essay outline (10%) and 1500wd essay (30%) and 4000wd research essay (60%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Linda Connor Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points from Anthropology Prohibitions: ANTH3611, ANTH3612, ANTH3613, ANTH3614 Assessment: 500wd research essay outline (10%) and 1500wd essay (30%) and 4000wd research essay (60%)
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Terry Woronov Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x2-hr 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, ANTH4013, ANTH4014 Assessment: 18000-20000wd thesis (60%) and 6000wd equivalent written work for each seminar (2x20%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Honours program in Anthropology consists of: 1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff; 2. two seminars that meet weekly for 2-3 hours each during Semester 1. For more information, consult the Department of Anthropology website or contact the Honours Coordinator.
ANTH4012 Social Anthropology Honours B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jadran Mimica Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ANTH4011
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
refer to ANTH4011
ANTH4013 Social Anthropology Honours C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Neil Maclean, Dr Yasmine Musharbash Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ANTH4012
refer to ANTH4011
ANTH4014 Social Anthropology Honours D

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Yasmine Musharbash Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ANTH4013
refer to ANTH4011