ANTH 2036 - Anthropology of Conflict and Crisis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 2036 Course Anthropology of Conflict and Crisis 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 Prerequisites 12 units of Level I Humanities/Social Sciences courses Incompatible ANTH 2024 or ANTH 3024 Course Description The course addresses the issues of conflict and complex political and ecological emergencies from a comparative anthropological perspective. Case studies are drawn from countries such as Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Guatemala and Northern Ireland. This course introduces students to some of the methodological issues surrounding doing fieldwork in dangerous locations and addresses a number of core themes that include: food and famine; violence and evil; terror, fear and suffering; war and visual culture, media culture and spiritualism; and conflict, global governance and the global economy.
Course Coordinator: Professor Andrew Skuse
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 Obtain knowledge and understanding of anthropological approaches to conflict, violence and human suffering 2 Demonstrate awareness and use of specific academic and non-academic conflict resources (web, library, film, etc) 3 Demonstrate broad understanding of what drives conflict on a global basis, especially the diversity of cultural, political and economic factors 4 Obtain knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised 5 Demonstrate the ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner 6 Obtain an ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems 7 Demonstrate an awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
Required ResourcesYou are required to prepare for each seminar by doing the required readings that are highlighted. All required readings in this course are found in the Required Readings Book available from the Image and Copy Centre (Level 1, Hughes). Copies of the required readings will also be available in the Barr Smith Reserved Readings Section.
Online LearningAll material associated with the course is available on the MyUni site, including audio lectures, lecture notes, essay questions and multiple-choice examinations.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of audio lectures (and notes) made available as MP3 & Word files on MyUni; a documentary film and discussion series; and a one-hour weekly seminar. The course structure is designed to provide students with the flexibility to listen to lectures at their own convenience and provide audio-visual content that will enable a higher level of engagement to occur in seminars.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 hours of lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 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 Course Overview
Film: Pepsi War by Charlie Clay (Video)
Week 2 Understanding Conflict and Violence
Film: ‘The Quran and the Kalashnikov’ by BBC
Week 3 Dangerous Fieldwork: safety, morality
Film: Human Terrain System by National Geographic
Film: Human Terrain System and War in Iraq by Harjant Gill
Week 4 Famine, hunger and conflict
Film: ‘Darfur Destroyed’ by Aegis Trust
Week 5 Suffering and survival in Sudan and Ethiopia: proxy wars and small arms
Film: ‘Chechnya: The Dirty War’ by Dispatches, Channel 4
Week 6 Spirits, myth and warfare: appropriating the past for ethnic and nationalist conflict
Film: ‘Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade’ by Paul Freedman
Week 7 Multiple choice exam preparation and completion Week 8 Modernity, diamonds and violence: global capitalism and the ‘new barbarianism’
Film: ‘Cry Freetown’ by Sorious Somura
Week 9 Fear, terror and perception: the ‘disappeared’ of Latin America
Film: ‘The Death Squads’ by Dispatches, Channel 4
Week 10 The visual and material culture of conflict
Film: ‘The Thompsons’ by Andy Lawrence (Video)
Week 11 Conflict, memory and suffering
Film: ‘Journey of Hope: Surviving the Holocaust’ by PBS (Houston, USA)
Week 12 Multiple choice exam preparation and completion
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome Attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7 Seminar presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1-7 2 x multiple choice exams Formative and Summative 30% 1, 3, 7 2000 word essay Formative and Summative 45% 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Assessment DetailAttendance and participation: attendance and participation in seminars. Missing more than 2 seminars without legitimate explanation will result in failure of this component - 10% weighting.
Seminar Presentation: students will present a group presentation - 15% weighting.
2 x multiple-choice exams: exams based on lecture materials - 15% weighting each (30% total).
2000 word essay: an essay on a particular question - 45% weighting.
SubmissionAssignments are submitted online via MyUni. Extensions on written work will be granted only for legitimate medical or personal reasons. If students fail to achieve a pass grade for a seminar presentation or essay, they may request to resubmit this work at a date and time negotiated with the tutor.
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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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