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.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x2750wd long essay (60%), 1x750wd take home exercise (20%), 1x500wd tutorial log (10%) and tutorial participation (10%)
12 Junior credit points from Anthropology