Culture Change and Protest Movements

Subject ANTH20006 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Not offered 2014
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Anthropology, Social Theory at level 1

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Erin Fitz-Henry

Subject Overview:

How have cultures throughout the world responded to changing economic, political, and environmental transformations? How have new world views emerged from highly charged cross-cultural encounters? And how have communities found innovative ways of resisting or modifying unwanted transformations in their 'ways of life'? In this subject, using theories of cultural change drawn from anthropology and cultural studies, we explore how communities, particularly in the global south, have coped with and creatively re-worked the demands of an often foreign-dominated market economy, with a particular focus on struggles around natural resource extraction and privitization. Paying special attention to what James C. Soctt has called, the 'weapons of the weak', we explore the ways - both overt and subtle - that different societies have used symbolic pracitices, rituals and mythologies to accomodate, transform and mount resistance to the diverse agents and processes of global capitalism over the past 100 years. Case studies will be drawn from Africa, South America, North America, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subjects will:

  • have a knowledge of the range and variety of ways in which non-Western societies have evolved and acculturated under the influence of western missionisation, colonialisation and imperial control;
  • have mastered the principal anthropological approaches to the study of acculturation and theories of social change;
  • have engaged in a critical assessment of the impact of western cultures on the non-Western world;
  • have acquired a knowledge of the ethnographic and ethnological literature on Africa, south and South-East Asia, North and South America.

Two 500 word tutorial papers (15% each) due during the semester, and a 3000 word essay (70%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% tutorial attendance. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

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. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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 subjects 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.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Asian Studies
Development Studies
Development Studies Major

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