ANTH 1104 - Introduction to Anthropology: Society and Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 1104 Course Introduction to Anthropology: Society and Culture Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course explores the history of anthropology, defines key concepts used in the discipline and introduces students to the unique research methods that anthropologists use to understand human life (e.g. long-term immersive research with people). In this course students will study social structures / systems and learn about people's cultural practices, values and beliefs, including their own. The course uses a broad variety of cross-cultural examples (e.g. gift-giving in Japan, adolescence in Samoa, tourism in Panama, Hip Hop in Australia) to analyse the diverse ways that humans around the world think, feel, communicate and behave. In doing so, the course seeks to foster cultural sensitivity and respect for cultural differences. The course aims to develop students' understanding of the practical and ethical issues associated with conducting anthropological research. More broadly, it equips students with essential reading and writing skills needed to describe and critically interpret qualitative research in the social sciences.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rodger
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Understand theories and methods used in socio-cultural anthropology and be able to apply these approaches to contemporary social situations / cultural contexts 2 Develop knowledge of and insight into the key issues and concerns of socio-cultural anthropology, in particular, an understanding of cultural relativism and ethical research practices 3 Evaluate central themes, propositions and concepts in socio-cultural anthropology demonstrating creative / critical thinking, and, problem solving skills 4 Comprehend the diversity of human social and cultural contexts and practices 5 Display communication skills in both individual and collaborative contexts including the ability to effectively use different media to convey ideas and information 6 Navigate and use relevant digital technologies and forms of communication (i.e. ICT-based devices, software, online quizzes, email). 7 Illustrate digital information literacy by finding and evaluating digital information (forexample, effectively using the library catalogue and other academic databasesto locate and analyse scholarly sources).
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAll required readings for the course will be available electronically via the course page on MyUni.
No other resources are required.
Recommended ResourcesFor those who wish to read beyond the required readings for each week or for use in developing and researching assessments, recommended readings have been suggested for each week. These will also be available electronically on MyUni.
Online LearningLectures will be recorded each week and audio-recordings and powerpoint slides will be made available online via MyUni.
More broadly, MyUni will be used to share announcements, assessment information (e.g. assignment instructions, marking rubrics) and additional resources (e.g. essay writing tips, discussion board posts).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorial developing and extending the material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures per week (or equivalent) 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week (or equivalent) 12 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 HOURS PER SEMESTER
Learning Activities Summary
NOTE: This lecture schedule is a rough guide only and may change. For the most up to date information please check MyUni (Canvas).
Schedule Week 1 Defining Anthropology Outlining Course Structure Week 2 Methods Fieldwork Week 3 Exoticism, Exploitation and Crisis Indigenous Knowledges and Decolonisation Week 4 Gift-Giving Analysing Exchange Ethnographic Film Week 5 The Authenticity Trap Authenticity in the Australian Hip-Hop scene Week 6 Cultural Classifications Guest Lecture: Social Life of Excrement Week 7 Ethnographic Film Debated Findings: Mead vs Freeman Week 8 Library Skills No Lecture Week 9 Anthropology and Kinship Technology and Relatedness Week 10 Rites of Passage Contemporary Rites Week 11 Guest Lecture: Creative Anthropologies What Else Can an Anthropologist Do? Week 12 No Lecture No Lecture
Specific Course RequirementsNone
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Active participation Formative
Ongoing throughout semester
10% 1-5 Quiz 1 Formative and summative Before Census Date (Week 4) 10% 1-7 Quiz 2 Formative and summative (Week 7 or 8) 10% 1-7 Annotated Bibliography and Essay Plan Formative and summative To be advised - anticipated before mid semester break 30% 1-7 Final essay Summative To be advised - anticipated after Week 12 (end of course) 40% 1-7
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Assessment DetailDetailed information about each assessment task will be provided on MyUni.
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted on-line via Turnitin. Assignments submitted more than sevent days after the due date without an approved extension will not be accepted or assessed.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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