ANTH 2008 - Identity and Discrimination

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course is an exploration into human diversity through a celebration of our distinct identities and differences. It includes attention to the latest developments in the anthropology of race, gender, religion, sexuality, and of differently abled bodies. In particular, the course will consider the ways that people come to craft a particular identity based on their unique biophysical and psycho-social compositions along with the ways that society alternately embraces, rejects, or seeks to modify our expressions of diversity. Through course lectures, readings and small group workshops, students will examine identity formation among minority groups in settler colonial societies, among people who do not conform with hypersexual or heteronormative social expectations, among people with majority as well as minority belief systems, and among people who have special skills and special needs. Students will also interrogate the various processes of exclusion and discrimination that people with obvious differences in appearance, belief and ability experience on a day-to-day basis. The goal of the course is to promote consideration for the diversity of human experience and expression, as well as understandings of the pathways out of suffering that are possible when our collective differences are embraced.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANTH 2008
    Course Identity and Discrimination
    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 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Course Description This course is an exploration into human diversity through a celebration of our distinct identities and differences. It includes attention to the latest developments in the anthropology of race, gender, religion, sexuality, and of differently abled bodies. In particular, the course will consider the ways that people come to craft a particular identity based on their unique biophysical and psycho-social compositions along with the ways that society alternately embraces, rejects, or seeks to modify our expressions of diversity. Through course lectures, readings and small group workshops, students will examine identity formation among minority groups in settler colonial societies, among people who do not conform with hypersexual or heteronormative social expectations, among people with majority as well as minority belief systems, and among people who have special skills and special needs. Students will also interrogate the various processes of exclusion and discrimination that people with obvious differences in appearance, belief and ability experience on a day-to-day basis. The goal of the course is to promote consideration for the diversity of human experience and expression, as well as understandings of the pathways out of suffering that are possible when our collective differences are embraced.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Georgina Drew

    Associate Professor Georgina Drew

    Email: georgina.drew@adelaide.edu.au

    Office: 126 Napier Building (First Floor)

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Appreciate biological diversity and social complexity;

    2. Reflect upon the identity formation of diverse populations;

    3. Demonstrate a capacity for creative thought and social analysis;

    4. Strengthen the ability to identify and reflect upon various forms of discrimination;

    5. Build a safe and respectful learning community that reflects compassion for diversity.

    6. Hone interpersonal skills relevant to a variety of work environments.

    7. Develop analytical tools and strengthen digital research skills.

    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)

    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.

    1,2,4

    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.

    1,2,3,7

    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.

    5,6

    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.

    5,6

    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.

    1,2,4,6

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    2

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    7

    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.

    4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No textbook is required for this course, though a course reader may be available. 

    All weekly readings will be posted on MyUni for download. 
    Recommended Resources
    For those who wish to read beyond the required readings for each week, or for use in developing and researching assessments, recommended readings are suggested for each week.  These will also be available electronically in the weekly modules section of the course's MyUni portal.
    Online Learning
    Unless otherwise noted, all the lectures will be pre-recorded each week and recordings and powerpoint slides will be made available
    online via MyUni. MyUni also be used to share announcements, assessment information (e.g. assignment instructions, marking rubrics) and additional resources (e.g. essay writing tips, discussion board posts).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by 2-hour tutorials/seminars that develop and extend in-depth discussions of the material covered, including the content of the readings and the assigned videos.
    Workload

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

    WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 1-hour lectures per week 12 hours per semester
    2 x 1-hour lecture per week 24 hours per semester


    TOTAL = 36


    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    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 = 156
    Learning Activities Summary


    WEEKLY LECTURE TOPICS (Subject to change prior to course guide finalisation)

    1) Who are We and Why/How do we Belong?

    2) Identity: Ways of Being and Belonging

    3) Discrimination: Being and Belonging through Exclusion

    4) Race and Difference

    5) Religion and Difference

    6) Bodies and Difference

    7) Gender Discrimination

    8) Sexual Discrimination

    9) Transgender Experiences, Bioethics and Social Futures

    10) Overcoming Discrimination Part I

    11) Overcoming Discrimination Part II

    12) Synthesising Anthropologies of Identity and Discrimination
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements. It is open to all students interested in the topic. 
  • 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
    • Identity and Belonging/Difference Essay (40%)
    • Textual and Social Media Analysis (40%)
    • Participation (10%)
    • Individual Presentation (5%)
    • Online Quiz (5%)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    • Examinations will not form part of the assesment for this course. 
    • There are no hurdle requirements for this course (no assessments that must be completed with a minimum grade in order to pass).
    • Self and peer assessment will not be used in this course.
    • Extensive information about the individual requirements for all assessment tasks will be provided on MyUni (Canvas).
    • Late penalties are calculated at minus 2 points per day (including weekends)—and all assigments are out of 100 points.
    Assessment Detail
    1) 1500 Word Research Essay: Students are required to write a 1500 word research essay that includes citations and references. (35%)

    2) Textual and Social Media Analysis: Students are required to write critical evaluations of texts (a magazine article, film, artwork, etc.) or a social media thread that explores issues of identity, belonging, and discrimination in a way that is informed by, and which quotes, course readings and lectures. Please reference the course guide for additional guidelines and directions. (45%)

    3) Presentation: Students will be assessed on 15-minute group presentations on a nominated topic in the course (or, alternately, a 7-minute individual presentation). (10%)

    4) Participation: Students will be assessed on the degree of their active participation in class. (10%)
    Submission
    All written assignments will be submitted via MyUni. No hardcopy assignement submissions will be accepted.
    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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