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Unit Overview


In this unit a selection of contemporary issues and debates of theoretical, methodological and/or ethical importance for the social sciences are considered with a focus on how they arise from, respond to and/or inform bodies of practice and knowledge. Underlying many of these issues are questions about the uses of culture, social organisation and relations in the contemporary world. Attention to culture is increasingly visible in contemporary times, places, texts, events and media. This observation demands an examination of how culture in its many complex, explicit and more nuanced forms is conceptualised, given life and situated within the shifting context of change. How are social relations and organisation affected by these transformations? Students are asked to 're-think' how cultural life, social relations and various forms of power are theorised via sites and debates of interest in the social sciences.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced knowledge of key theories in anthropology and sociology, the complexity of different perspectives and the empirical application of this knowledge; (2) demonstrate critical analysis of a range of opinions and approaches to a range of key studies in the social sciences; and (3) analyse and assess a range of opinions about a specific question in a key area of the social sciences and to apply critical analytical skills through an analytical exercise to produce a reasoned argument with intellectual independence.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation and (2) written assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sam Han
Unit rules
ANTH7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Anthropology)
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week for up to 10 weeks
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