ANTH 1105 - Anthropology of Everyday Life

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANTH 1105
    Course Anthropology of Everyday Life
    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
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ashley Greenwood

    TBA

    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 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
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2. 3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All 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 Resources
    This 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/

    Books:

    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 Modes


    Course Structure - The course is divided into four units:

     I.  Anthropology, Ethnography, and the Everyday

    In this unit, the lectures and tutorials aim to introduce the central concepts and methodology of ethnography and Anthropology.

    II. Difference, Race, and Resistance

    In this unit, we focus on human relations and interactions that form the basis of social life. The explorations include the ways that people navigate difference and racial diversity as well as they means through which power is contested in everyday life.

     III. Appetites, Sexualities, and Struggles to Survive

    In this unit, we examine why having a body and being embodied matters. This includes the examination of our desires, appetites, and experiences. 

    IV.  Self, Identity, and Community

    In this unit, we explore presentations of the self, the formation and reproduction of identity, and notions of community as they are projected in public events. The unit includes conclusions on the role of ethnography and anthropology for understanding meaning-making and experience in everyday life. 

     
     Lecture Program
    The purpose of the lecture program is to introduce students to some basic concepts used in anthropology to analyse the meaningful and social lifeworlds of people.

    I. Anthropology and the Everyday

    Week One
    Anthropology: Living in society vs. Studying living in society

    Week Two
    Where and How: Anthropological Methods/Ethnographic Fieldwork

    Week Three
    Understanding Culture in The Everyday: Examples from Childhood

    II. Difference, Race, and Resistance  

    Week Four 
    Difference: Us, Them, We
     
    Week Five
     ‘Race’ and Difference
     
     Week Six
     Resistance
      
    III. Body, Appetites, and Experience

    Week Seven 
    Dirt, Pollution, and the Body

    Week Eight
    Appetites and Sexualities
     
    Week Nine
    Struggling to Survive
      
    IV. Self, Identity, and Community

    Week Ten
    Presentation of the Self

    Week Eleven 
    Presentation of the Self: Online and Virtual Encounters
     
     


    Workload

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


    Under the University’s Student Workload Model, students are expected to spend twelve hours per week on each course. In ANTH 1105: Anthropology of Everyday Life, the 12 hours of required work are as follows: 

    Contact Hours

    Lectures: Two hours per week

    Tutorial: One hour per week

     
    Research, reading and preparation for tutorials and assessment

    Tutorial preparation (reading): Three hours per week (average)

    Tutorial Presentation: One hour per week (average)

    Online Multiple Choice Exams: Two hours per week (average)

    Major Essay: Three hours per week (average)
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The Small Group Discovery Experience is embedded in the course and occurs across the eleven weeks of tutorials.
  • 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

    The assessment for this course in comprised of a presentation, two online, open book exams, a major essay, and tutorial participation.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment Form:

    1. Tutorial Participation
    Value:  10%
    Course learning outcomes 4-7
     
    2. Tutorial Presentation
    Value: 20%
    Course learning outcomes 4-7

    3. Online open book multiple choice exam x 2
    Value: 15% each
    Course learning outcomes 1-4

    4. Essay (2000 words)
    Value: 40%
    Course learning outcomes 1-4
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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