Kinship and Family: A Global Perspective

Subject ANTH30004 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

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:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge gained in completing any one (12.5 points) of the following subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed ANTH30004 Anthropology of Kinship and Family or 121-058/671-350 Sentiments and structures are not permitted to enrol in this subject

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:

Subject Overview:

Kinship studies have a long and important history in Anthropology. The purpose of this subject is to consider and apply both classic and contemporary anthropological theories of family, kinship and social relatedness to three inter-related themes. Firstly, there is an anthropological focus on the links that exist between kinship and the nation-state in terms of nationalism, ethnicity, national identity and state policy. Secondly, the subject explores the relationship between kinship and globalisation in the ethnographic contexts of migration, transnational adoption, studying overseas, expatriate lifestyles, long-stay tourism and international marriages and relationships. Finally, there is a focus on social change and the ways in which understandings of family, kinship and social relationships more broadly are being shaped by new reproductive technologies, changing family forms, new genetics, same-sex relationships, friendships and global internet usage.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be aware of the major theoretical debates in contemporary kinship and family studies
  • develop a nuanced appreciation of the meaning of family, kinship and social relationships in a range of cross-cultural settings
  • be aware of important theoretical and empirical linkages between kinship, nationalism, ethnicity and national identity
  • be attentive to the role of a range of social, technological and governmental influences in the shaping of family and kinship ties today
  • develop a reflexive appreciation of the meaning of family, kinship and social relations in the context of their own lives

A 500 word tutorial assignment (10%) due during the semester, a 1500 word essay (40%) due mid-semester, and a 2000 word essay (50%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial attendance. Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the university bookshop.

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:

  • Students will be able to critically reflect on the relevance of comparative studies in their everyday life and relations
  • Be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Anthropology - self and society

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