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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- 25 Jul 2022
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Interrogate ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between universal traits and variability.
- explore the role of social setting and norms in shaping human development.
- actively participate in discussion of psychological anthropology (such as gender roles, emotional variation, sex and gender across cultures, and childrearing)
- gain greater understanding of techniques for investigating experience, including ethnography, field research, and comparative approaches.
- investigate in greater depth one area of special interest in the study of human diversity.
- exhibit improved writing, communication and critical reading skills.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-ANTX2007-Psychological Anthropology (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-ANTX1006-Drugs Across Cultures
- MAQ-ANTX2051-Human Evolution and Diversity (No longer available)
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit 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.
- Mid-term Exam (35%)
- Weekly Participation (15%)
- Week 4 Quiz (10%)
- Research Paper (40%)
Current study term: 24 Jul 22 to 06 Nov 22
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