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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
Contact
anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Ruth Fitzgerald
Lecturer: Dr Susan Wardell

Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus one tutorial per week.
Textbooks
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.
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

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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

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. Whether you know a lot or very little about socio-cultural anthropology, by engaging with this paper you will come to understand the distinctive characteristics of our field with its focus on tolerance, its celebration of human difference, its attention to the necessity for decolonisation and defamilarisation of our taken for granted worlds in order to appreciate the core of sameness in our species and its love of empirical fieldwork to create contemporary theories of power, values, identities, societies and cultures. The paper will give significant attention to a recurring question within the social sciences and the contemporary world at large - how do/how should we live with globalisation?   What would a fully globalised world look like? How does one account for enduring cultural diversities? What are the relationships between, on the one hand, the mental/spiritual/cultural and, on the other, the physical/material/fiscal components of human realities?

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, traditions and modernities, anime, memes, humour, terrorism, work,  emotion, gender, funerals, medicine, health and healing, food, eating. In short - our studies will take us through internationally sourced and empirically based contemporary studies of the fascinating, diverse and, at times, ethically challenging ways of being human in a globalising world.

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) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

ruth.fitzgerald@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Professor Ruth Fitzgerald

Contributing lecturer: Dr Susan Wardell

Teaching Arrangements

Two 1-hour lectures per week, plus one tutorial per week.

This course is 100% internally assessed. The assessments are - 2 research essays, an interactive daily lecture key lecture point quiz question, tutorial participation evaluation mark and a short test on how best to prepare to write a research essay which is conducted by the library staff. In this course we value your engagement, your ideas and your collegiality.

Textbooks

There is no textbook for the paper. Students will access their required readings prior to classes through the eReserve system on Blackboard. Your readings are carefully selected, contemporary, peer reviewed articles from popular social anthropology journals. Our lectures are active learning environments, and so we request all of our students to arrive in class having read their allotted required reading prior to the lecture.

All key materials are available via library e-reserve and/or Blackboard.

Lecture outlines/notes are provided in advance of class and lectures are recorded and available via blackboard.

Course outline

Copies are available through blackboard via the course outline tab. Before the semester starts if you would like to see the previous year’s course outline to assess the course, you are welcome to email anthropology@otago.ac.nz to ask for a copy.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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 specialist anthropology papers, methods papers and as a useful adjunct paper to all degrees across the Divisions (anthropology being the most scientific of the arts and the most humanistic of the sciences)
  • An appreciation for the importance of self-reflection in social scientific and humanistic inquiry

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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
T3 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T4 Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
T5 Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T6 Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41