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The Anthropology of Contemporary China - ANTH3620

Year - 2020

This senior-level unit focuses on two sets of questions: The first set revolves around the nature of ethnography as both a research method and a genre of scholarly writing. What kinds of questions do ethnographers ask, and how do they seek answers? What kinds of features do ethnographies and ethnographers have in common, and how do they differ? What counts as 'evidence' in ethnographic inquiry? The second set of questions focuses on China specifically as an object of ethnographic inquiry. How do ethnographers write about China? Our goal will be to get both a sense of the complexities of contemporary China and a better understanding of ethnography as a scholarly method.

1x2hr seminar/week

1x Participation (10%), 1x1000wd Ethnography as method and genre essay (15%), 1x1000wd comparative ethnographies - essay (20%), 1x2500wd long essay (35%), 1x1500wd Evaluate ethnographies (20%)

Additional information
Does not require any background in China or Chinese Studies.

Assumed knowledge
Understanding of concepts in Anthropology introduced in the first and second years of study.


12 credit points at 2000 level in Anthropology




Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Anthropology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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