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ANTH411 Special Topic: Theory in Cultural Anthropology

Paper title Special Topic: Theory in Cultural Anthropology
Paper code ANTH411
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
Teaching staff
Dr Tim Thomas
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture 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 made available via library reserve, e-reserve and/or Blackboard and some materials will be distributed in class.
Course outline
Course outline will be made available at start of second semester, 2016.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
  • An understanding of the ways in which socio-cultural anthropology has been and continues to be intertwined with fundamental questions in social theory, political philosophy and ethics
  • Familiarity with broad historical and contemporary debates in the human sciences
  • Ability to identify, summarise and critically review the theoretical assumptions and paradigms that inform anthropological investigation, including some of the key concepts and major theorists which have shaped the discipline
  • An understanding of the interpretive skills prevalent in some of the human sciences
  • An appreciation of the importance of self-reflection in social scientific and humanistic inquiry
  • An ability to develop and defend a theoretical argument of one's own, in both written and verbal form

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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