ANTH2406 Society, Law and Politics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2018AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit examines how people in different societies resolve disputes, exercise power and maintain social control. Students examine topics such as the cultural context of legal systems and practices, legal pluralism, international human rights, the relationship between customary and European law, and property from anthropological perspectives.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in legal and political anthropology and sociology including cultural diversity, social inequality, the nature of social relationships and institutions, systems of symbolic meaning, and processes that underpin social and cultural change including key concepts, theories and debates; (2) demonstrate knowledge of a the anthropology of law and politics in historical context and gain an appreciation of the relationship between anthropology and the law, including customary law; (3) demonstrate an ability to critically review, analyse, sumarise and synthesise anthropological and sociological research on law and politics; (4) demonstrate an ability to formulate, investigate and discuss anthropologically and sociologically informed research questions and develop arguments based on a critical evaluation of evidence; and (5) demonstrate an ability to communicate anthropological and sociological ideas, principles and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of formats (written, oral, visual etc.).
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) lectorial participation; (2) essays; and (3) a mid-semester test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Katie Glaskin
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility:
ANTH2218 Legal Anthropology
Contact hours
lectorials: 20 hours
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