Culture and Power: Core Issues in Anthropology
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Analyse key ethical and cultural issues in anthropological theory and methodologies.
- Analyse the emergence of contemporary anthropological perspectives.
- Analyse the impact of historical and global change on the discipline of anthropology.
- Evaluate key anthropological concepts and theories.
- • Emergence of anthropology and ethnographic methods.
- • Critical assessment of tensions between social cohesion and individual agency.
- • Key historical approaches to the study of culture and power.
- • Fieldwork effects and reflexive practice.
- • Postcolonial and decolonial approaches to anthropology.
- • Ethical considerations in conducting research.
- • Emerging trends in anthropological research.
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In this subject we explore the practical, theoretical and ethical advances of the vibrant discipline of anthropology, from its Victorian beginnings to present-day engagements with globally important topics such as poverty and inequality, cultural identity and nationalism, gender-based violence and human rights. In doing so we learn how the study of culture, identity and human behaviour can be critically and meaningfully employed to positively transform the world we share. This subject provides students with tools for understanding the dynamics of change both within and through anthropological practice. Through critical inquiry, collaboration, and effective communication students will further develop their creativity capacity to critique complex socio-cultural phenomena, as well as to apply theory, locate and synthesise knowledge resources, prioritise meaningful action, and manage associated risks.
- One 2000-word essay (50%)
- Online quizzes (1000-word equivalent) (20%)
- 1200-word equivalent written assessment. (30%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.