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ANTH103 Introduction to Anthropology

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and history of general anthropology, including archaeology and social anthropology.

This paper introduces the key concepts of anthropology for students with little or no previous knowledge of the subject. It will show how the different branches of contemporary anthropology have emerged and coalesced to become the most broad-based subject taught at tertiary level, which links disciplines as diverse as history, geology, biology and sociology.

This paper is focused on the two primary fields of anthropology taught in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Otago: archaeology as the anthropology of the past and social anthropology with its emphasis on recent historical and contemporary peoples and cultural expressions.

The broad sweep and theoretical coverage of ANTH 103 provides students with foundation knowledge that will be relevant to many other humanities and science papers while preparing anthropology majors for the more specialised social anthropology and archaeology courses taught at the University of Otago.

Paper title Introduction to Anthropology
Paper code ANTH103
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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ANTH 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator (Archaeology): Associate Professor Ian Barber
Co-ordinator (Social Anthropology): Dr Greg Rawlings
Paper Structure
  • Archaeology (Block One)
  • Social Anthropology (Block Two)
Teaching Arrangements
Taught via lectures and tutorials.
Archaeology: Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2017 (seventh edition). Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. Sixth edition. London: Thames and Hudson.

There is no textbook for the Social Anthropology block of the course. Students will be referred to electronic journal articles instead.
Course outline
Please contact the course co-ordinators for further information regarding the course outline.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • New awareness and knowledge of when, where and how diverse human cultures and societies have emerged across the globe
  • New insights into and understanding of the history, foundation theories and current debates in archaeology and social anthropology
  • Gaining foundation knowledge to support study of more specialised Anthropology and Archaeology papers

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10-16, 18-22
T2 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 10-16, 18-22
T3 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-16, 18-22
T4 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10-16, 18-22
T5 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-16, 18-22
T6 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-16, 18-22
T7 Wednesday 17:00-17:50 10-16, 18-22
T8 Thursday 09:00-09:50 10-16, 18-22
T9 Thursday 13:00-13:50 10-16, 18-22
T10 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-16, 18-22
T11 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-16, 18-22