ANTH 3002 - Anthropology of Emotion, Mind and Person

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

Issues of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, knowing person are central to anthropology. Anthropology has, throughout its history, provided a unique and powerful focus on the mind, body and person in their total social and cultural context. This course explores different disciplinary perspectives on emotion, mind and person, while highlighting the distinctive methodological and theoretical tasks of anthropological explanation. Specific topics covered will include cross-cultural understandings of emotion, grief and mental illness; debates on the role of language in perception; and altered states of consciousness such as dreaming, trance and possession. The course culminates in an exploration of anthropological perspectives on what it is to be a person, using ethnographic and cross-cultural comparisons to reflect upon individuality, agency and power.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANTH 3002
    Course Anthropology of Emotion, Mind and Person
    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
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible ANTH 2037
    Course Description Issues of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, knowing person are central to anthropology. Anthropology has, throughout its history, provided a unique and powerful focus on the mind, body and person in their total social and cultural context. This course explores different disciplinary perspectives on emotion, mind and person, while highlighting the distinctive methodological and theoretical tasks of anthropological explanation. Specific topics covered will include cross-cultural understandings of emotion, grief and mental illness; debates on the role of language in perception; and altered states of consciousness such as dreaming, trance and possession. The course culminates in an exploration of anthropological perspectives on what it is to be a person, using ethnographic and cross-cultural comparisons to reflect upon individuality, agency and power.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Susan Hemer

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Display an understanding of key concepts in the anthropological study of mind, consciousness, emotion and personhood
    2 Evidence familiarity with anthropological literature, analytic frameworks and research methods in relation to these topics
    3 Develop a critical understanding of contemporary psychological and psychiatric knowledge and practice as cultural and contextual phenomena
    4 Demonstrate an ability to think, discuss and write critically and analytically about these topics
    5 Deeply understand and engage in contemporary debates about mind, emotions and persons, and understand how they relate to ourselves and our society
    6 Comprehend and respond ethically to the diversity of social and cultural contexts and practices
    7 Display the skills to work collaboratively as well as individually in a learning and research environment
    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
    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
    3, 4, 5
    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
    4, 5, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7
    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
    5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used in this course to communicate with students through Announcements, as well as to post recorded lectures and powerpoint slides. MyUni will also be used to submit assignments and be the site through which students receive feedback.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught through a combination of lectures and workshops. Lectures aim to provide the theoretical and conceptual background of the topics at hand. Workshops will focus on key debates around these topics as well as cross-cultural variation. Assignments will allow student to focus on a number of issues of their own choice.
    Workload

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

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

    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week:  12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week: 24 hours per semester
    4 hours reading and workshop preparation per week:  48 hours per semester
    5 hours assignment preparation per week: 60 hours per semester
    1 hour research per week: 12 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weekly Schedule of Learning Activities
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Brain, mind & culture
    Week 3 Research skills
    Week 4 Language & Thought
    Week 5 Consciousness, Trance, and altered states of consciousness
    Week 6 Problematic minds
    Week 7 Independent study
    Week 8 Culture & Personality
    Week 9 Anthropology of Emotion
    Week 10 Managing & Expressing Emotion
    Week 11 Socio-centric & ego-centric personhood
    Week 12 Problematic personhood


  • 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 Weighting Learning Outcome
    Workshop Participation Formative and summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 6
    Workshop debate or Course Blog Formative and summative 20% 5, 7
    1200 word research proposal Formative and summative 25% 1, 2
    2500 word research essay Summative 45% 4, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at lectures and workshops is essential for success in this course.
    Assessment Detail
    Workshop participation (10%): All workshop participants must have read all of the required readings for each week, and be prepared to discuss them. Participation means being actively involved in workshop discussions and demonstrating a working knowledge of the readings. This forms the basis of the Participation mark.

    Workshop debate or course blog (20%): Students are required to present material on a chosen week of the course either within the workshop time in order to spark discussion and debate; or as a blog within the MyUni site (equivalent of 1000 words or 10 minutes presentation; including relevant pictures, video clips, and references).

    The research project will consist of two parts, a Research proposal (25%) and a Research essay (45%). You will need to choose your own topic relating to the themes of this course which engages with core course readings and concepts.

    Research Proposal (25%): Provide a title or question; write a 300 word abstract on your topic; and an annotated bibliography of 6 to 8 items (100-150 words each). Total word count approximately 1200 words.

    Research Essay (45%): write a fully referenced 2500 word essay on your chosen topic following feedback on the research proposal that clearly links to course themes and readings.
    Submission
    Assignments are submitted electronically 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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