Anthropological Perspectives

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Anthropological Perspectives

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits

    Incompatible: 2011AES Anthropological Perspectives

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    It is essential that environmental scientists, planners and managers develop an understanding of the cultural values and practices that inform how societies relate to their environments, and the implications of these cultural beliefs and values for the sustainable management of natural resources. Anthropological Perspectives aims to provide students with knowledge of basic anthropological concepts, theories and methods as part of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. Ethnographic films shown in a weekly two hour workshop will augment the lectures and tutorials.
    Course Introduction
    Most environmental problems can be linked to human activity. It is, therefore, essential that environmental scientists, planners and managers develop an understanding of the cultural values and practices that inform how societies relate to their environments, and the implications of these cultural beliefs and values for the sustainable management of natural resources. Anthropology can play a vital role by equipping environmental graduates with a cultural literacy that can enable them to develop a capacity to understand, document and interpret the myriad of ways in which human beings relate to their environments. Graduates equipped with such cultural literacy skills can play vital roles in natural resource management and environmental policy development arenas. It is a central contention of this course that the knowledge generated by anthropological research can contribute to the search for solutions to environmental problems. Thus, both anthropological practice and research can play a vital role in an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies.
    Course Aims
    The aims of this course are:
    1. to provide initial anthropological orientation within the overall studies of environmental science by
    introduction to anthropological theory and method.
    2. to provide cross-cultural awareness and skills.
    3. to provide a foundation for later studies of development issues and Indigenous peoples.
    4. to develop among students a firm scholarly base in research and writing within the social science tradition.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Realise the importance of an anthropological perspective in environmental studies
    2 Obtain cross cultural skills and awareness and an appreciation of how these skills may facilitate more effective environmental management
    3 Engage effectively in later more focused studies related to the cultural aspects of environmental management
    4 Obtain a competent level of research, writing, oral presentation and critical thinking skills in the social science tradition, skills which have been identified as crucial graduate outcomes in terms of future employment opportunities

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Guided discussion with peers
    Tutorial attendance and participation

    5%/5

    Presentation - technical or professional
    Tutorial Presentation

    15%/15

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Tutorial Paper

    10%/10

    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Major Assignment

    40%/40

    Exam - constructed response
    Exam

    30%/30

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.