Engaging the World in Theory & Practice

Subject ANTH20012 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

ANTH10001 or DEVT10001 or an Arts Foundation subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Paul Green



Subject Overview:

This subject considers the mutually enforcing role of socio-cultural theory and ethnography in understandings of the contemporary human endeavour. Particular emphasis is placed on both classic and modern theories of personhood, social identity and relatedness in social anthropology and their relevance for understanding a range of contemporary social issues relating to kinship, migration, travel and tourism, nationalism, modernity, ageing and the life course and digital technologies. On completion students taking this course should have gained an appreciation of anthropological approaches to the study of the person and their relevance to a range of political, ethical, economic and cultural concerns about fetal rights, child soldiers, migrant workers, backpacking, love marriages, retirement and virtual explorations of the self.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Develop an appreciation of the interplay between theory and ethnography inquiry;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of anthropological studies of personhood and their links to an evolving range of social and cultural concerns in the world today;

  • Develop a critical, comparative appreciation of cultural diversity through a range of historically situated and contemporary case studies;

  • Be able to communicate effectively in written and oral formats.

  • A research essay of 2000 words (50%) due mid-semester.
  • A research essay of 2000 words (50%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Anthropology
Related Breadth Track(s): Anthropology - structures, identity and power

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