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ANTH 3036 - Contemporary Anthropology: Perspectives & Practice

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 6
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Restriction: Available to students undertaking an Anthropology Major only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 15 units of Anthropology Major courses
Incompatible: ANTH 3100
Assessment: Ethnographic Writing 25%, Book Analysis (2000 words) 25%, Research Essay (5000 words) 50%

Anthropology is a constantly evolving field. The aim of this course is to understand core aspects of the practice of the discipline, both ethnographic and theoretical, and how anthropologists have adapted to change while remaining empirically descriptive, narratively innovative, and theoretically engaged. Students choose from a curated selection of full-length ethnographic monographs, which are then supplemented by readings that cover a wide variety of topics and regional sites of study. The goal of reading full-length books is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how anthropologists engage with fieldwork and how they navigate the challenge of turning research experiences into rich anthropological knowledge. The lectures and seminars supplement the critical examination of anthropological work through detailed and interactive discussions of the main theoretical currents in anthropology. By the end of the semester, students will understand contemporary trends and debates in anthropology, and be aware of the potential ways in which they can begin to contribute to the discipline in advanced study or in professional fields.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 30/10/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
24279 SE01 40 21 27 Jul - 14 Sep Monday 10am - 1pm Barr Smith South, 2052, Teaching Room
5 Oct - 26 Oct Monday 10am - 1pm Barr Smith South, 2052, Teaching Room