Anthropology of Current World Issues: An Introduction
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course introduces students to key concepts, perspectives and contemporary global issues in anthropology. The course focuses on anthropology in the modern world and investigates a range of current issues including traditions and change, social inequality, Indigenous politics, religion, kinship, race, and the social construction of gender within and across cultures.Course IntroductionANTH1030 will introduce students to key concepts, theories, and approaches to understanding and analysing current world issues in anthropology. With a focus on the modern world, the course will investigate a range of contemporary and relevant topics from different levels of society, from local concerns to global affairs, using an anthropological perspective. We will consider how modernity and globalisation have affected diverse places, peoples, and cultures over time, including the role of indigenous struggles over land and belonging in the 21st century; the ramification of race, class, and ethnicity on urban world cities; the effect of migration on notions of nationalism, citizenship and identity; the influence of environmental campaigns on resource scarcity and biodiveristy conservation in developing and developed countries; the impact of gender roles on economic opportunities and livelihoods; the significance of sociocultural norms on sexuality and kinship in changing family formations; and the repercussions of political pressures and social movements on the global economy. Drawing on interesting and exciting case studies from across Africa, Australia, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the United States, we will examine how anthropologists are addressing the crucial challenges and questions stemming from these important current world issues.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
- Have a basic understanding of key concepts, theories, and approaches used in anthropology.
- Have an anthropological perspective of different current world issues.
- Have an anthropological appreciation of the historical and contemporary significance of current world issues.
- Have a set of critical thinking abilities and practical research, writing, and presentation skills to aid in future employment.
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