Comparative studies of labour and development and the anthropology of work through global case studies.
Work, whether paid or unpaid, fun or boring, real, redundant or imagined, occupies a huge proportion of our lives and is part of all cultures. ANTH 316 delivers the Anthropology of Work - a major sub-section of Economic Anthropology. ANTH 316 also explores work and labour through a broad interdisciplinary scope. The course investigates the meaning and impact of work at the individual, kinship, community, state and global levels. It shows how work and labour relations are entangled with culture and integral to understanding gender relations, racism, and power. This course also addresses social change and examines work and labour relations from the past to the present, in a diverse range of cultures, especially within the Pacific. Ethnographic case-studies provide valuable insight into this, including 'murky' worksites such as child work, unfree labour and sex work. We emphasise human resilience and hope, agency and resistance. This course will be valuable in careers that span social and economic issues. This is a core course in anthropology that fits well with other disciplines, and offers a different angle on economics, business and livelihoods.
|Paper title||Labour and Society|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2023|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- 18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Suitable for undergraduate students in humanities and commerce. Very suitable for students in anthropology, sociology and gender studies.This paper can be taken as part of the major or minor in Pacific Studies.
- More information link
Please visit the Programme of Social Anthropology
- Teaching staff
To be advised when paper next offered.
- Paper Structure
- Topics covered may include the meaning of work, anthropology and work, slavery and unfree labour, Pacific livelihoods, gender, care and emotional labour, child work, sex work, ethnicity, power, inequality, class, globalisation, neoliberalism and labour, labour process, resistance and agency. The paper provides a historical overview and a comparative approach.
- Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and seminars. The course is supported by Blackboard.
- Key Readings will be on e-reserve. There is no text book. A comprehensive reading list is supplied with the course outline.
- Course outline
Will be available on Blackboard at the beginning of the course.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding,
Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- A critical understanding of theoretical debates and methodological issues in the anthropology of work
- Developing the ability and competence to critically review diverse and conflicting interpretations relating to labour, economics and society
- An in-depth knowledge of past and present issues relating to labour and society 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 316; preparation for postgraduate and honours research; skills and knowledge applicable to future employment