ANTH3402 Contemporary Social Thought

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit deepens the familiarity of students with theoretical works and ideas that have formed modern disciplines of anthropology and sociology. Building on ANTH2001 Social Thought, this unit considers key historical figures who have advanced social thought, which may include Giddens, Bourdieu, Foucault, Ortner, Latour and other more recent scholars. Key questions addressed include how people are interconnected materially, emotionally, politically, morally and symbolically. How are these different dimensions of social and cultural life related? There is a focus on a range of issues including globalisation, power, meaning, practice, modernity, structure, process, identity and inequality.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key conceptual and epistemological issues in social theory; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the history of ideas related to social theory and related ethical considerations; (3) demonstrate an ability to understand, critique and engage with how social theory intersects with ethnography and how social theory interacts with experience; (4) demonstrate an ability to understand, investigate and discuss the underlying assumptions of different theoretical approaches and compare them; and (5) develop a written and oral capacity to present clear, lucid, well-documented arguments, drawing on both theory and empirical or ethnographic material relevant to this unit in a collegial manner and setting.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation; (2) oral presentation; and (3) written work. 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)
Dr Gregory Acciaioli
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ANTH2001 Social Thought
or
ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Incompatibility:
ANTH2220 Contemporary Social Thought
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week
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