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ANTH316 Labour and Society

Comparative studies of labour and development and the anthropology of work through global case studies.

Work, whether paid or unpaid, fun or boring, real, redundant or imagined, occupies a huge proportion of our lives and is part of all cultures. ANTH 316 delivers the Anthropology of Work - a major sub-section of Economic Anthropology. ANTH 316 also explores work and labour through a broad interdisciplinary scope. The course investigates the meaning and impact of work at the individual, kinship, community, state and global levels. It shows how work and labour relations are entangled with culture and integral to understanding gender relations, racism, and power. This course also addresses social change and examines work and labour relations from the past to the present, in a diverse range of cultures, especially within the Pacific. Ethnographic case-studies provide valuable insight into this, including 'murky' worksites such as child work, unfree labour and sex work. We emphasise human resilience and hope, agency and resistance. This course will be valuable in careers that span social and economic issues. This is a core course in anthropology that fits well with other disciplines, and offers a different angle on economics, business and livelihoods.

Paper title Labour and Society
Paper code ANTH316
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2020
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
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduate students in humanities and commerce. Very suitable for students in anthropology, sociology and gender studies.This paper can be taken as part of the major or minor in Pacific Studies.
Contact
jacqui.leckie@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie
Paper Structure
Topics covered may include the meaning of work, anthropology and work, slavery and unfree labour, Pacific livelihoods, gender, care and emotional labour, child work, sex work, ethnicity, power, inequality, class, globalisation, neoliberalism and labour, labour process, resistance and agency. The paper provides a historical overview and a comparative approach.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and seminars.The course is supported by Blackboard.
Textbooks
Key Readings will be on e-reserve. There is no text book. A comprehensive reading list is supplied with the course outline.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, research, self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • A critical understanding of theoretical debates and methodological issues in the anthropology of work
  • Developing the ability and competence to critically review diverse and conflicting interpretations relating to labour, economics and society
  • An in-depth knowledge of past and present issues relating to labour and society from an anthropological perspective
  • To gain confidence and experience in initiating, completing and presenting independent research in oral and written forms
  • A good pass grade in ANTH 316; preparation for postgraduate and honours research; skills and knowledge applicable to future employment

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2020

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Comparative studies of labour and development and the anthropology of work through global case studies.

Work, whether paid or unpaid, fun or boring, real, redundant or imagined, occupies a huge proportion of our lives and is part of all cultures. ANTH 316 delivers the Anthropology of Work - a major sub-section of Economic Anthropology. ANTH 316 also explores work and labour through a broad interdisciplinary scope. The course investigates the meaning and impact of work at the individual, kinship, community, state and global levels. It shows how work and labour relations are entangled with culture and integral to understanding gender relations, racism, and power. This course also addresses social change and examines work and labour relations from the past to the present, in a diverse range of cultures, especially within the Pacific. Ethnographic case-studies provide valuable insight into this, including 'murky' worksites such as child work, unfree labour and sex work. We emphasise human resilience and hope, agency and resistance. This course will be valuable in careers that span social and economic issues. This is a core course in anthropology that fits well with other disciplines, and offers a different angle on economics, business and livelihoods.

Paper title Labour and Society
Paper code ANTH316
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2020
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.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduate students in humanities and commerce. Very suitable for students in anthropology, sociology and gender studies.This paper can be taken as part of the major or minor in Pacific Studies.
Contact
anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie
Paper Structure
Topics covered may include the meaning of work, anthropology and work, slavery and unfree labour, Pacific livelihoods, gender, care and emotional labour, child work, sex work, ethnicity, power, inequality, class, globalisation, neoliberalism and labour, labour process, resistance and agency. The paper provides a historical overview and a comparative approach.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and seminars.The course is supported by Blackboard.
Textbooks
Key Readings will be on e-reserve. There is no text book. A comprehensive reading list is supplied with the course outline.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • A critical understanding of theoretical debates and methodological issues in the anthropology of work
  • Developing the ability and competence to critically review diverse and conflicting interpretations relating to labour, economics and society
  • An in-depth knowledge of past and present issues relating to labour and society from an anthropological perspective
  • To gain confidence and experience in initiating, completing and presenting independent research in oral and written forms
  • A good pass grade in ANTH 316; preparation for postgraduate and honours research; skills and knowledge applicable to future employment

^ Top of page

Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2020

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard