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ANTH105 Global and Local Cultures

Being human, and humane, in a world where worlds collide. An introduction to cultural studies of globalisation, multiculturalism, tourism, media.

This paper introduces students to the study of human life on both global and local levels from the perspective of socio-cultural anthropology. The paper will give significant attention to fundamental anthropological and ethnographic questions in the human sciences. What is human agency? Is human agency the same thing as freedom of choice or consent? Is there an underlying human nature shared by all: for example, are human beings primarily driven by self-interest and self-maximisation? Is there a singular and overarching trajectory to human history? What would a fully globalised world look like? How does one account for cultural diversity? What are the relationships between, on the one hand, the mental/spiritual/cultural and, on the other, the physical/material/fiscal components of human reality?

You should expect to engage in anthropological and ethical debates - debates that have, in fact, long informed social ethnographic inquiry and inspired the leaders of this (sub)field.

We will explore these interrelations through a range of topics that receive anthropological attention, including culture, cultural relativism and ethnocentrism, kinship, inequality, migration, globalisation, tradition and modernity, anime, memes, humour, terrorism, creepy clowns, monsters, emotion, gender, funerals, medicine, health and healing, food, eating and cyborgs.

Paper title Global and Local Cultures
Paper code ANTH105
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Course outline
Please contact the course co-ordinator for further information regarding the course outline.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding of how cultural diversity and homogeneity, respectively, are being produced in our 'global' world
  • Understanding of how human beings impact this new diversity and homogeneity and are, in turn, impacted by it
  • Exposure to some of the key theoretical, ethical and philosophical debates in the human sciences in order to prepare students for higher-level anthropology and archaeology papers
  • An appreciation for the importance of self-reflection in social scientific and humanistic inquiry
Teaching staff
Dr Greg Rawlings
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus one tutorial per week.
There is no textbook for the paper. Students will be referred to electronic journal articles, as well as a range of other media sources (documentaries, movies, websites, etc.) and contemporary journalism, including editorials.

All key materials are available via library e-reserve and/or Blackboard. Lecture outlines/notes are provided in advance of class and most lectures are recorded and available via Otago Capture.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
T2 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
T7 Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T8 Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41