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AN1001 - Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject provides an introduction to social and cultural anthropology. We describe and try to explain or interpret the fascinating social and cultural variability of the world's diverse peoples, with a particular focus on societies in the tropics. We discuss anthropological insights on various dimensions of human life, including kinship and marriage practices, gender relations, ethnic conflicts, political and economic organisation, human interaction with the natural world, and ritual beliefs and practices. Detailed case studies and film clips are used throughout the subject to convey to students the life-enriching as well as the educational value of developing an anthropological understanding of cultural diversity.

Learning Outcomes

  • acquire ability to identify issues and subject areas associated with anthropology;
  • critically question many assumptions concerning ones own society;
  • discuss anthropological ideas, concepts and theories with others and articulate these in written form;
  • identify key anthropological texts and authors, as well as be able to outline their arguments;
  • understand and appreciate other human societies and cultures.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Michael Wood.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 51, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Anita Lundberg.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 09-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Anita Lundberg.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Internal
Census Date 15-Nov-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Anita Lundberg.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 16 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Robin Rodd.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%).

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Rosita Henry
Lecturers: Professor Rosita Henry, Assoc. Professor Simon Foale.
Workload expectations:
  • 1 hours - Electronic communication. Email and discussion Board participation via LearnJCU
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); essays (50%); discussion board participation via learnjcu (20%).

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