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ANTH416 Anthropology and Development

Theories and contemporary issues relating to development and underdevelopment, with a critical emphasis on the Pacific.

This postgraduate paper is an advanced study of South Pacific societies. It also offers a critical examination of development from an anthropological perspective. ANTH 416 addresses development in a broad and inclusive sense and critically studies theoretical and ethnographic literature. It shows how anthropology can be applied to the real world to address the complex problems cultures face, especially inequalities and human insecurity. Specific topics may include indigenous knowledges, gender, representation, health, environmental issues, aid, human security, democracy, human rights and the politics and discourse of development. You will gain insight into the complexities of development from staff who have direct experience and research with Pacific societies. You will also be guided to develop your own research skills, gain confidence in group presentations and discussion and to take a critical approach to your data. In recent years, development agencies and employers have recognised the value of an anthropological training. This is an excellent paper for future employment as you can demonstrate an advanced understanding of Pacific cultures, development issues and of cultural diversity. It will also prepare you for further postgraduate research.

Paper title Anthropology and Development
Paper code ANTH416
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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72 300-level ANTH points
Suitable for postgraduate students in social anthropology (and also for some archaeology students). Humanities postgraduate students from a cognate discipline or with a limited background in anthropology or may take this paper with the approval of the course coordinator.
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Jacqueline Leckie
Paper Structure
The paper covers three key themes to:
  • Critically examine theories and ethnographies of anthropology and development
  • Examine contemporary development issues in South Pacific societies from an anthropological perspective
  • Critically explore development in an insecure and gendered world
This course covers two semesters, with a large proportion of the seminars held during the first semester. During the second semester students will work on their own research paper, presented first orally in a seminar, and then as a written paper.

This course is supported by Blackboard.
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour seminar per week with a high level of student participation. This is a year long course.
Key Readings are on e-reserve. There is no text book.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Critical understanding of theoretical debates and methodological issues in anthropology and development
  • Knowledge of contemporary development and security issues in the South Pacific 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 416; preparation for thesis research; application of anthropology in future employment

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system