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Examine how an individual's psychological development is shaped by social ideologies and structures. Ask how notions of 'self' differ between cultures. Address childhood, faith and emotions. Utilise anthropological research and investigation methods.
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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During this subject students will:
- discover and appreciate the variety of humanity, including the peculiarity of familiar Western personality traits, ways we understand ourselves, and common social roles
- interrogate the concept of ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between the universal traits of our species and the degree of variability found in these traits, including the evolutionary implications
- explore the role of social setting and norms in shaping human development through comparative research
- actively participate in discussion and debate about a range of topics in psychological anthropology, some of which have everyday applications (such as gender roles, emotional variation, sex and gender across cultures, and child rearing)
- gain a greater understanding of diverse techniques for investigating individual experience, including especially anthropological techniques such as ethnography, field-based techniques, and comparative approaches
- investigate in greater depth one area of special interest to the student in the study of human diversity through a research paper
- improve writing and critical reading skills through online participation forums.
- Evolutionary legacy of the human brain
- Emotions and feelings
- Sexual variety and reproduction
- Sensory variety, including senses you don't have
- Do mirror neurons explain culture?
- What makes memories?
- Childhood across cultures
- Does every society have a 'self'?
- Cognitive Dissonance: explaining contradictory behaviors
- Modes of religiosity and piousness
- Pathology and society: dissociation, schizophrenia, Tourette
- Exporting anorexia: globalising psychiatry
- Introduction/Conclusion to the topic
Students must have completed some subjects at level 1 before enrolling in this subject.
No special requirements
The subject introduces psychological anthropology, including emotional, cognitive, developmental, and perceptual dynamics across cultures. Psychological anthropology studies the relation between individual psychology and sociocultural diversity, for example, between psychopathology and social structure, between personality differences and childrearing practices, or between perceptual experience and a society's ideologies about the senses. A wide range of perspectives will be explored, from evolutionary psychology to neuroanthropology, and address such topics as consciousness including spirit possession, and cultural variation in insanity and impairment.
- Non-Invigilated Mid Term Exam (35%)
- Online Discussion (15%)
- Quiz (10%)
- Research Paper (40%)