146.208 Political Anthropology (15 credits)

An introduction to the anthropology of politics covering the various forms of political structures, processes and leadership in human societies as they are organized into bands, tribes, chiefdoms or states. Emphasis is placed on basic methods, concepts and theories for an anthropologically informed understanding of politics.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester Two full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: A/pro Jeffrey Sluka
  • Subject: Social Anthropology
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): At least 45 credits from 100 level.


  • Start Date: Monday 17 July, 2017
  • End date: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 31 July, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Monday 16 October, 2017


Course fees for 2017

  • Domestic Students: NZD $744.38 *
  • International Students NZD $3,157.70 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply 2017 enrolments.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of methods, theories, and concepts of Political Anthropology.
  2. Identify political structures and processes in bands, tribes, chiefdoms, and states, and the differences between egalitarian, ranked, and stratified societies.
  3. Apply anthropological insights to understand the human experience of politics in their own and other cultures.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting Note
1 Review 1,3 30.0%
2 Test 1,2,3 20.0%
3 Essay 1,3 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • Global Outlaws: Crime, Money And Power In The Contemporary World
    Author: Nordstrom, Carolyn
    ISBN: 978-0-520-25096-3
    Edition: 1
    Publisher: University of California Press

  • Karaoke Facism: Burma And The Politics Of Fear
    Author: Skidmore, Monigue
    Edition: 2004
    Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

  • Landscapes Of Hope And Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps
    Author: Peteet, Julie
    ISBN: 978-0812220704
    Edition: 1
    Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

  • Living With Bad Surroundings: War, History And Everyday Moments In Northern Uganda
    Author: Finnstrom, Sverker
    ISBN: 978-0822341918
    Edition: 1
    Publisher: Duke University Press

  • Terrorism: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
    Author: Zulaika, Joseba
    ISBN: 9780226994161
    Edition: 1
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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