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ANTH312 Cultural Politics

Explores how an anthropological analysis of the ‘everyday’ can elucidate the cultural underpinnings that inform, enable and hinder the exercise of power across the globe.

Paper title Cultural Politics
Paper code ANTH312
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with ANTH 326 passed in 2008.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective.
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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Explores how an anthropological analysis of the ‘everyday’ can elucidate the cultural underpinnings that inform, enable and hinder the exercise of power across the globe.

This paper addresses contemporary issues in culture and politics from an anthropological perspective and in doing so makes a contribution to the development of a public anthropology by fostering the critical skills required to undertake citizen-led anthropological research.

We explore how political and legal structures are influenced by the cultural environments through which they operate and the manner in which cultural groups and identities are also shaped by the political and legal power to which they are subject. Thus we interrogate concepts such as 'power','culture', 'politics' and 'anthropology', and students will pursue a research essay that investigates some of the local meanings attached to these terms in contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Asia or the wider Pacific with specific case studies of several such intersections of 'culture' and 'power'. Together we explore the richness of anthropological explanations of these issues in order to better appreciate the points of slippage and friction between 'everyday' taken for granted practices and the exercise of power across the globe.

Paper title Cultural Politics
Paper code ANTH312
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with ANTH 326 passed in 2008.
Eligibility
This paper is suitable for students both with and without strong backgrounds in anthropology.
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald
Paper Structure
100% internally assessed
Textbooks
Required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through the library using Course Reserve.
Contact
anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will extend their capacity for critical thinking through an exploration of the implications (both opportunities and pitfalls) of the culturalisation of 'power' and 'politics' and the politicisation of 'cultures'.
  • Students will develop advanced anthropological research skills as they undertake their individual study of a chosen political and cultural dilemma.
  • Students will gain higher level skills in written and verbal communication.
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture per week; one 1-hour tutorial per week
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10, 12, 15-16, 18, 20
T2 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10, 12, 15-16, 18, 20