Redefining Nature

Subject ANTH30009 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2 hour lecture per week and a 1-hour tutorial in weeks 2 to 11
Total Time Commitment: An average of 8.5 hours each week.
Prerequisites: 25 points of 2nd year Arts subjects
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: At least one core 2nd year Anthropology and Social Theory subject. The core subjects are as follows:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Non Allowed Subjects: This subject was previously available at 2nd level with the code 121-068. Students who have completed 121-068 are not eligible to enrol in this subject
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests 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.

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Dr Monica Minnegal


Dr Monica Minnegal

Subject Overview:

This subject will address anthropological issues raised by the discourse of environmentalism, exploring the diverse ways in which individuals and societies perceive and interact with their environments. Students will explore constructions of nature and culture, how people place themselves in space and in time, and how they place the things of the world in relation to themselves. Students will also address uses and limitations of "traditional ecological knowledge", patterns of land tenure and issues of land management. Students should become familiar with the different ways people interpret their roles and responsibilities in relation to the natural world, and with the ways understandings of nature both reflect and affect how people see themselves and their society.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have a knowledge of the range of ways people construct understandings of and organise themselves in relation to their environments.
  • be aware of approaches within anthropology to documenting, analysing and theorising this variation.
  • be able to critically discuss issues raised by the confrontation between different systems of environmental knowledge and practice.
Assessment: Two 500 word tutorial papers 17.5% each (due during the semester), an essay outline 5% (due in week 11) and a 3000-word essay 60% (due at the end of the semester). This subject has a hurdle requirement of attendance at a minimum of 8 tutorials (ie. 80% of tutorials).
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop at the beginning of semester. Set readings will also be available online, through LMS.

Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have practice in conducting research and speaking articulately.
  • have practice in writing clearly in a variety of formats and reading with attention to detail.
  • have experience of systematically evaluating a body of empirical data and identifying its theoretical context.
  • have experience of methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills.
  • have acquired awareness of issues relating to cross-cultural communication.
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Notes: This subject will be offered in alternate years.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Anthropology && Social Theory
Anthropology and Development
Anthropology and Development
Anthropology and Social Theory
Anthropology and Social Theory
Development Studies
Development Studies Major

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