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Anthropology and Its Others (AST612)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit is a history of ideas in anthropology and of the contribution of anthropology to the understanding of social and cultural difference. Anthropology's 'Others' include the other cultures that are the subject of its studies and the other disciplines with which anthropological ideas are engaged. Major debates in social, cultural and evolutionary anthropology, and the contributions of cultural-ecology, marxist, symbolic, structural and post-modern approaches to cultural analysis are surveyed. Ethnographic and documentary films provide important case studies for interpretation.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, all students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of anthropology and its engagement with other cultures.
2. Critically reflect upon your own society and culture.
3. Recognize the significance of anthropology's contribution to theory and analysis in other disciplines.
4. Critically analyse and apply current theory and practice in the social sciences and humanities.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 hours online lectures; 1 hour film; online discussion forum.
Unit Learning Experiences Given the scope of this unit and its interdisciplinary objectives, it has been structured to take students of varying undergraduate backgrounds through a logically developed sequence in the development of anthropological ideas. The unit is organised around a set of on-line lectures, documentaries and readings that cover a wide range of approaches in anthropology and associate disciplines. Engagement in discussions with fellow students through the weekly on-line Discussion Forum (external students) or Workshops (internal students) will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, and to critically engage with the content of the unit and associated assignments.
Assessment Assessment in this unit includes: Critical Commentaries on each topic (40%) and a Take-home
Review and Essay (30%) that will enable students to demonstrate knowledge of anthropological approaches
to the Social Sciences and Humanities generally, and to critically analyse current theory and practice; a final Examination (30%) will demonstrate knowledge of anthropological concepts and approaches and the ability to apply these to contemporary issues.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level (AQF level 8 or AQF level 9) course and permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Notes If not enrolled in a graduate-level (AQF level 8 or AQF level 9) course, then permission of the Unit Coordinator is required.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Carol Warren
Associate Professor - Asian Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2345
e: C.Warren@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.073 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
Associate Professor Carol Warren
Associate Professor - Asian Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2345
e: C.Warren@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.073 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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