ANTH 1104 - Introduction to Anthropology: Society and Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rodger

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At 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.

    1,2,3,4

    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.

    1,2,3,4

    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.

    5,6

    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.

    6,7

    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.

    2,4

    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.

    1,2,4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    6,7

    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.

    2,3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All required readings for the course will be available electronically via the course page on MyUni. 

    No other resources are required. 
    Recommended Resources
    For 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 Learning
    Lectures 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 Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorial developing and extending the material covered in lectures.
    Workload

    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
    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
    NOTE: This lecture schedule is a rough guide only and may change. For the most up to date information please check MyUni (Canvas).
    Specific Course Requirements
    None
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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
    Assessment Related Requirements
    • Examinations will not form part of the assesment for this course. 
    • There are no hurdle requirements for this course (no assessments that must be completed with a minimum grade in order to pass the course overall). 
    • Self and peer assessment will not be used in this course. 
    • Extensive information about the individual requirements for all assessment tasks will be provided on MyUni (Canvas) at the start of semester (including late penalities etc.).
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed information about each assessment task will be provided on MyUni.
    Submission
    All 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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