Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Anthropology and the Contemporary World

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION How can anthropology enable us to understand the contemporary world? The task is particularly challenging because the classical taxonomic definitions of the social world that we inhabit and make is undergoing massive transformation: from conceptions of the body, gender, reproduction, power, the state, organized religion, to the economy, and the “family”. This study-unit takes a number of areas of fractures and transformations and traces a tour of how the world we inhabit is both radically different and similar. This study-unit at present is intensive and consists of daily lectures and seminars over a two-week period. The first hour is normally devoted to class presentations on current reading, the second hour to a discussion/lecture.

Reading List

As there is no single book or books that trace these changes, a Reader of selected Texts will be made available during this study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Paul Sant Cassia

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