ANTH 1105 - Anthropology of Everyday Life
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 1105 Course Anthropology of Everyday Life 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 is an introduction to the discipline of anthropology as the study of everyday social life in a variety of cultural worlds, including our own. The course engages the major themes of anthropology: the concept of culture, how we get along with other people, and the ways in which our everyday lives are made meaningful. These themes are presented through case studies of everyday actions and social relations. Drawing from fieldwork, the main topics include anthropological perspectives on social distinctions, difference and race, everyday resistance, purity and pollution, the production of appetites, the performance of sexuality, embodied experience and inter-subjectivity and presentations of the self both online and offline. The case studies draw from a range of cultural and geographic examples in Australia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States of America.
Course Coordinator: Dr Georgina DrewOffice: 118 Napier Level 1
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Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Provide an introduction to anthropology as a discipline concerned with understanding the everyday lifeworlds of people 2 Gain an understanding of the methods and issues associated with anthropological research 3 Develop the ability to locate and analyse relevant scholarly literature 4 Develop and apply critical thinking skills 5 Develop communication and teamwork skills 6 Demonstrate an understanding of, and respect for, cultural difference and diversity 7 Foster inquiry and critical analysis of assumptions about everyday social life
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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 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,5,7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4,5,6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Required ResourcesAll course material, including the course outline and links to all required tutorial and supplementary readings are available on the MyUni website. If students wish to purchase a hard copy of the tutorial readings, they will be available at the Image and Copy Centre, Level 1, Hughes Building.
Recommended ResourcesThis short list of resources will be useful for supplementary reading and essay preparation.
The library resource guide for anthropology will also assist you to search databases, references and journals available through the library http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/soc/anthro/
Barfield, T. 2000 Dictionary of Anthropology. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell (e-version available online through the university library catalogue);
Erickson, P. & Murphy, L. 2008 A History of Anthropological Theory. Toronto: University of Toronto;
Hendry, J. 2008 An Introduction to Social Anthropology: Sharing our Worlds. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures.
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 tutorial (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 Anthropology and the Everyday Week 1 Anthropology: living in society vs studying living in society Week 2 Where and How: Anthropological Methods/Ethnographic Fieldwork Week 3 Understanding Culture in The Everyday: Examples from Childhood Difference, Race, and Resistance Week 4 Difference: Us, Them, We Week 5 ‘Race’ and Difference Week 6 Resistance Body, Appetites and Experience Week 7 Dirt, Pollution, and the Body Week 8 Appetites and Sexualities Week 9 Experience and Intersubjectivity Week 10 Presentation of the Self Week 11 Presentation of the Self: Online and Virtual Encounters Week 12 Public Events and Meaning
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome Tutorial participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7 Tutorial presentation Formative and Summative 20% 1-7 2 x open book multiple choice exams Formative and Summative 30% 1-7 2000 word essay Formative and Summative 40% 2, 3, 4, 7
Assessment DetailTutorial participation: attendance and participation in tutorials - 10% weighting
Tutorial presentation: 30 minute group presentation - 20% weighting
2 x Multiple choice exams: accessed and completed on MyUni - 15% weighting each (total 30%)
2000 word essay: submit an essay in response to a particular question - 40% weighting
SubmissionEssays are to be submitted online via Turnitin and MyUni. There will be no extensions for written work without adequate documentation (such as a medical or counselling certificate) or negotiation with your tutor. Essays more than 2 weeks late will not be marked and you will gain 0% for that assignment.
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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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