ANTH 3100 - Anthropology Today: Experience, Power, Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Anthropological knowledge is principally developed in the full-length monographs, articles in professional journals, book chapters, film and other media. The aim of this course is to understand the way in which anthropologists deploy specific theoretical perspectives in the organisation and analysis of ethnographic material to produce critical knowledge and understanding of the social world. Through a critical reading of ethnography and the art of full-length monographs in particular, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of both the process and product of the dialectic of fieldwork material and theoretical perspectives. The course content will focus on significant ethnographic monographs that exemplify the use of three major perspectives: experience, practice, and discourse and power. The goal is for students to be able to understand and begin to engage critically with ethnographic works. To maintain a coherent theme across the reading, the texts are all loosely centered on human-nature relations and interactions. This will allow for easier cross-pollination in the lectures and rotating seminar groups. Each student will read a total of four books and write a total of four original essays of 1100-1200 words each.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANTH 3100
    Course Anthropology Today: Experience, Power, Practice
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Semester 2
    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 3029
    Course Description Anthropological knowledge is principally developed in the full-length monographs, articles in professional journals, book chapters, film and other media. The aim of this course is to understand the way in which anthropologists deploy specific theoretical perspectives in the organisation and analysis of ethnographic material to produce critical knowledge and understanding of the social world. Through a critical reading of ethnography and the art of full-length monographs in particular, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of both the process and product of the dialectic of fieldwork material and theoretical perspectives. The course content will focus on significant ethnographic monographs that exemplify the use of three major perspectives: experience, practice, and discourse and power. The goal is for students to be able to understand and begin to engage critically with ethnographic works. To maintain a coherent theme across the reading, the texts are all loosely centered on human-nature relations and interactions. This will allow for easier cross-pollination in the lectures and rotating seminar groups. Each student will read a total of four books and write a total of four original essays of 1100-1200 words each.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Georgina Drew

    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 Obtain in-depth study of the discipline of anthropology as a basis for an undergraduate major and continuation into honours and postgraduate study
    2 Demonstrate an understanding of the ethnographic process and the procedures that go into the data collection and writing styles that constitute what is termed ethnography
    3 Conduct a critical examination of the theoretical perspectives that dominate anthropology today and contribute to major issues: agency, experience and culture
    4 Provide a venue for the critical engagement with ethnographic monographs as the principal mode of producing anthropological knowledge
    5 Gain experience in the creation of anthropological knowledge as critical, comparative and reflexive
    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, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    The course uses MyUni as an online resource for the following course materials:
    • The Course Profile
    • All lecture recordings and PowerPoint slides
    • Recommended Resources: Critical Readings 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving seminars which develop material covered in lectures.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    5 hours reading per week 60 hours per semester
    3 hours research per week 36 hours per semester
    2 hours assessment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction to the Course & Ethnography
    Week 2 Ethnography in Method, Practice, and Prose
    Week 3 Ethnography in Method, Practice, and Prose
    Week 4 Phenomenology—Understanding experience
    Week 5 Phenomenology—Understanding experience
    Week 6 Phenomenology—Understanding experience
    Week 7 Power, Knowledge, History
    Week 8 Power, Knowledge, History
    Week 9 Power, Knowledge, History
    Week 10 Theory of Practice
    Week 11 Theory of Practice
    Week 12 Theory of Practice
    Specific Course Requirements
    Each student will be assigned one hour of fieldwork during the course.
  • 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

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to attend all lectures and seminars, to read a total of four books, and to turn in a total of four assignments. 
    Assessment Detail
    Participation: based on an assessment of course engagement and active participation in seminars. A core component of seminar program will be group work and presentations and students will
    be assessed on their performance in these exercises - 10% weighting.

    3 x Book Précis (1500 words): the aim of each précis is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate ability to analyse the elements of an ethnographic monograph and their critical
    knowledge/understanding of major theoretical perspective in discipline of anthropology that has guided its construction. After the completion of the each of the three seminar units, a book précis is to be written and submitted for assessment by each student. Each book précis focuses
    on the ethnographic monograph that the student has selected for that unit. At the completion of the course, each student will have submitted three book précis, one for each unit of the course - 22% weighting each (total 66%).

    Participant Witnessing and Ethnographic Writing (1100-1200 words):
    students get an opportunity to apply what they have learned in reading about ethnography. The intention is to give them an appreciation for the practice of participant witnessing or participant observation and the joy/challenge of ethnographic writing - 24% weighting.



    Submission
    All assignments must be submitted online via MyUni
    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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