ANTH 4005 - Honours Anthropological Theory

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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This course provides an advances introduction to anthropological theory, building on knowledge gained at the undergraduate level. It introduces students to some of the major theoretical perspectives that have shaped social and cultural anthropology since the advent of the modern discipline, and explores the relevance of these ideas for anthropological practice in the present. It also looks at how anthropologists have tried to make sense of some of the major issues of our day. Throughout, emphasis will be placed on the empirical nature of anthropological theory, or in other words, its essential relationship with both the praxis and writing of ethnography. The course explores a variety of issues and examples, including but not restricted to: social structure and agency; the place of theory in anthropology; processes, networks and material worlds; theories of culture; personhood and relatedness; and globalisation and virtual worlds. The course also has a dissertation seminar as an essential element, which is designed to support students through the stages of producing a dissertation. In particular, in the first semester, it aims to assist students to arrive and articulate a relevant topic; to turn this topic into an anthropological problem appropriate to the task of writing a thesis; to aid in the consideration of useful theoretical perspectives; to help identify and locate material and relevant literature.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANTH 4005
    Course Honours Anthropological Theory
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit major in Anthropology
    Incompatible ANTH 4001
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description This course provides an advances introduction to anthropological theory, building on knowledge gained at the undergraduate level. It introduces students to some of the major theoretical perspectives that have shaped social and cultural anthropology since the advent of the modern discipline, and explores the relevance of these ideas for anthropological practice in the present. It also looks at how anthropologists have tried to make sense of some of the major issues of our day. Throughout, emphasis will be placed on the empirical nature of anthropological theory, or in other words, its essential relationship with both the praxis and writing of ethnography. The course explores a variety of issues and examples, including but not restricted to: social structure and agency; the place of theory in anthropology; processes, networks and material worlds; theories of culture; personhood and relatedness; and globalisation and virtual worlds.

    The course also has a dissertation seminar as an essential element, which is designed to support students through the stages of producing a dissertation. In particular, in the first semester, it aims to assist students to arrive and articulate a relevant topic; to turn this topic into an anthropological problem appropriate to the task of writing a thesis; to aid in the consideration of useful theoretical perspectives; to help identify and locate material and relevant literature.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rodney Lucas

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    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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