HUMN 1016 Different Ways of Being in the World: Introduction to Social Anthropology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102344

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Description The key and foundational focus of Social Anthropology is the relationship between people and their cultures. This unit provides an introduction to key concepts, methods and theories of classical and contemporary Social Anthropology. It will guide the students to an informed and critical understanding of the nature and extent of human diversity and differences, as well as the similarities which unite us as people. The unit has two parts. The first part introduces students to the history and scope of Social Anthropology through selected work of some classical anthropologists, introducing key concepts and conceptual frameworks. The second part is designed around selected case studies of Indigenous Peoples in Australia, the Asia Pacific, and the Americas, providing the students with critical insight into the application of anthropological theory and the epistemological contribution of the discipline of Social Anthropology.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and theories foundational to Social Anthropology.
  2. Discuss diversity and similarity across human cultures.
  3. Apply foundational Anthropological theory to case studies.

Subject Content

What makes us human? Key concepts in the study of human society
Understanding and Analysing Cultural Diversity and Differences.
Foundational Anthropological Theories.
Social and Cultural Analysis in Anthropology.
Conducting Fieldwork: What is Ethnography?
Changing Worlds: Past and Present Anthropological Approaches.
Colonial/Post-Colonial cultures and societies
Peoples and the State: Past and Present.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quizzes: Online Quiz Five (5) 20 questions each 25 N Individual
Essay: Essay Analytical; Essay Plan (optional) Essay 1,500 words Essay Plan (optional) 500 words 45 N Individual
Exam: Two (2) take home essay based answers (case studies) 500 words each 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Hylland Eriksen, T. (2015) Small Places, Large Issue: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, (4th. ed.) Pluto Press.

Teaching Periods

2021-2022 Summer

Liverpool (Summer A)

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 1

Penrith (Kingswood)

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Liverpool

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Subject Contact Helena Onnudottir Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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