ANTH 3002 - Anthropology of Emotion, Mind and Person
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 3002 Course Anthropology of Emotion, Mind and Person 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 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 Coordinator: Dr Susan Hemer
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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 and balanced debates about mind, emotions and persons 6 Display the skills to work collaboratively as well as individually in a learning and research environment 7 Comprehend and respond ethically to the diversity of social and cultural contexts and practices 8 Demonstrate a deep ability to access & use relevant digital technologies to research a relevant topic 9 Understand how debates about concepts of mind, emotions and persons relate to ourselves and our society
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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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesRequired Readings for this course will be provided through MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesBeatty, A. 2019. Emotional Worlds: Beyond an Anthropology of Emotion. Cambridge University Press.
Davies, J. & D. Spencer. 2010. Emotions in the field: the Psychology and Anthropology of Fieldwork Experience. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Degnen, C. 2018 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Personhood and the Life Course. Springer.
Eller, J. D. 2019 Psychological Anthropology for the 21st Century. Routledge.
Hemer, S. R. & A. Dundon. 2016. Emotions, Senses, Spaces: Ethnographic Engagements and Intersections. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press. https://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/emotions/
Kirmayer, L. J., Worthman, C. M. & Kitayama, S. 2020 Culture, Mind and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Models and Applications. Cambridge University Press.
LeVine, R. A. 2010. Psychological Anthropology: a Reader on Self in Culture. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Luhrmann, T. M. & J. Marrow. 2016 Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Morris, B. 1994. Anthropology of the Self: The Individual in Cultural Perspective. London: Pluto Press.
Pritzker, S.E., Fenigsen, J. & Wilce, J. M. 2020 The Routledge Handbook of Language and Emotion. Routledge.
Online LearningMyUni is central to this course. Recorded lectures and the powerpoints for these will be accessible through this. Required readings are accessible through Course Readings in MyUni. MyUni will be the site for all Assessment details, submission and feedback. Some workshops are scheduled to be online only, and the links for these will be available via MyUni, announcements and emails.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught through a combination of lectures and workshops. Lectures will be Face to Face and simultaneously recorded. These aim to provide the theoretical and conceptual background of the topics at hand. Workshops will either be in face-to-face or online mode (depending on what students are enrolled in) and 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.
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
Brain, Mind & Society
Language, Thought & Emotion
Consciousness, Trance, and Altered states of consciousness
Anthropology of Emotion
Managing & Expressing Emotion
Culture & Personality
Socio-centric & ego-centric personhood
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Course Participation Formative & summative 10% 5, 6, 7 Critical Review Post/Presentation Formative & summative 20% 3, 4, 5, 6 1200 word research proposal Formative & summative 25% 1, 2, 8 2500 word research essay Summative 45% 1, 2, 4
Assessment Related RequirementsReview of lectures and attendance at face-to-face or online workshops is essential for success in this course.
Assessment DetailCourse 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 whether online or in face-to-face workshops and demonstrating a working knowledge of the readings. This forms the basis of the Participation mark.
Critical Review Presentation or Post (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 Discussion Post within the MyUni site (equivalent of 800 words or 5 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 400 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.
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