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Introduction to Anthropology - ANTH1001

Year - 2020

Anthropologists want to know what makes us human. This unit introduces you to the unique perspective on human experience in cultural anthropology. Anthropologists argue that each individual is incomplete without the input of the shared patterns acquired from one's community. In this class you will learn how anthropologists define the concept of culture, how they use cultural relativism, and how they conduct research through cultural immersion and participatory fieldwork. You will examine several cases that demonstrate the human capacity for cultural diversity, and will understand several of the core topics that anthropologists investigate to capture a society's worldview and way of life.

2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

1x300wd In-class quiz (5%), 1x900wd Observation exercise (15%), 1x1500wd Take-home midterm (30%), 1x1800wd Essay (40%), x Participation (10%)




Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Anthropology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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