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Social Anthropology

146.101 Introductory Social Anthropology15 credits
Social Anthropology, a foundation discipline in the social sciences, seeks to explain and understand cultural and social diversity. This course introduces students to key contemporary topics in the discipline, including the practice of field research, politics and power, systems of healing, mythology and ritual, urbanisation and globalisation, kinship and family.

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146.102 Endangered Cultures15 credits
The impact of modern civilisation on indigenous peoples. Through a set of ethnographic case studies, exploration of Fourth World peoples' experiences of conquest, colonisation, culture change, assimilation, social disintegration, ethnocide, ecocide, modernisation and economic development and the indigenous movements they have developed in their struggle to survive and preserve their cultures.

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146.206 Visual Ethnography15 credits
An in-depth exploration of visual representation from within and of a selected culture or cultures. Visual media including photography, documentary and fiction film, and video provide the basis for an intensive analysis of specific ethnographic representations in relation to wider anthropological issues.

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146.208 Political Anthropology15 credits
An introduction to the anthropology of politics covering the various forms of political structures, processes and leadership in human societies as they are organised into bands, tribes, chiefdoms or states. Emphasis is placed on basic concepts for an anthropologically informed understanding of politics (e.g. power, authority, legitimacy and political culture) and on political ritual and the relationship between religion and politics.

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146.209 Food and Eating15 credits
This course explores the food chain, from production, through consumption, to exchange. It considers the ways in which food is implicated in the reproduction of and resistance to, inequalities of class, gender, and ethnicity.

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146.210 Ritual and Belief15 credits
A study of selected topics in the fields of ritual and belief such as rites of passage, witchcraft, sorcery, shamanism and symbolic representation.

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146.211 Systems of Healing15 credits
A study of a variety of the ways that small communities of people throughout the world have developed to address the problems of illness. Students will be introduced to different cultural conceptions of the nature of the person, physical and spiritual; people's relations with the environment, physical and spiritual; and how order and unity within people and communities are maintained or, if lost, restored.

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146.213 Anthropological Enquiry15 credits
An introduction to the language of anthropological enquiry and to the historical and philosophical connections between key concepts and perspectives in sociocultural anthropology.

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146.214 The Politics of Culture15 credits
Anthropological approaches to nationalism, ethnicity and the politics of culture with some reference to the South Pacific.

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146.302 Regional Ethnography: Asia15 credits
A study of historical and contemporary ethnographic work covering one or more selected regions, with a focus on Asia.

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146.303 Practice of Fieldwork15 credits
Through a study of accounts of field work experience by anthropologists, students will develop their knowledge and appreciation of the perspectives, approaches, methods, problems, experiences and ethics involved in anthropological field work based on participant observation.

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146.304 Culture, Biology and Racism15 credits
An advanced study of anthropological perspectives on the issue of 'race' and racism, including the nature/nurture debate, scientific racism, biological determinism and sociobiology.

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146.307 The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality15 credits
A cross-cultural examination of the diversity and complexity of gender relations and identity. Through a series of ethnographic case studies, consideration of how women and men are shaped by particular forms of social life. Past and present theorisation of gender relations and the relation between this body of theory and anthropological practice will be examined.

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146.311 Medical Systems of China, India and the West15 credits
This course consists of an introduction to the study of the world's great literate medical traditions: Chinese, Indian and Western. The first half of the course outlines the history and basic principles of Chinese and Indian literate medical traditions. The second half of the course develops some anthropological analyses and critiques of Western medicine.

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146.313 Issues in South Pacific Anthropology15 credits
An exploration of current issues and theoretical debates in the anthropological study of the South Pacific. Issues discussed include the processes and consequences of nation-state formation and the commodification of culture through tourism.

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146.316 Visual Anthropology: Southasia and Global Issues15 credits
The study of the use of film, video and multimedia representations of Southasia and Global issues for anthropological research and practice.

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146.317 Urban Anthropology15 credits
A comparative approach to the emergence of cities in a range of cultures worldwide, the ethnographic exploration of a variety of sociocultural phenomena distinctive to urban life and a consideration of the contribution of urban studies to anthropology in general.

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146.318 Environmental Anthropology15 credits
An exploration of historical and contemporary approaches in environmental anthropology. Nature/culture relationships are examined from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. Key areas include human ecological relations, cultural perceptions of the natural environment, identity and sense of place, the impact of globalisation, and the cultural-politics of environmental activism.

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146.701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory30 credits
A study of current theoretical issues and debates in social anthropology.

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146.703 The Practice of Anthropology30 credits
A study of the methodological and ethical dimensions of anthropological research.

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146.707 Reading and Writing Ethnography30 credits
Students in this course will examine contemporary exemplary ethnographies and develop their own ethnographic writing practices.

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146.708 Anthropology Today: Current Issues30 credits
Based on a close reading of an issue of a contemporary Anthropology journal, students in this course will explore current issues, topics and debates in Social Anthropology.

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146.798 Research Report (60)60 credits
 

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146.799 Research Report (30)30 credits
 

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146.800 MPhil Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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146.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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146.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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146.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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146.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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146.873 Research Report (60 credits)60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a report.

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146.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 145 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a thesis.

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146.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 245 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a thesis.

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146.883 Thesis90 credits
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146.899 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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146.900 PhD Social Anthropology120 credits
 

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