Anthropology, Culture and Society

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Anthropology, Culture and Society

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    An introduction to the fundamental concepts of anthropology and its variety of approaches to the study of culture and society.

    This paper introduces the key concepts of anthropology for students with little or no previous knowledge of the subject. It will show how the different branches of contemporary anthropology have emerged and coalesced to become the most broad-based subject taught at tertiary level, which links disciplines as diverse as history, geology, biology and sociology. This course is focused on the two primary fields of anthropology taught in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Otago: archaeology as the anthropology of the past and social anthropology with its emphasis on recent historical and contemporary peoples and cultural expressions. The broad sweep and theoretical coverage of ANTH 103 provides students with foundation knowledge that will be relevant to many other humanities and science papers, while preparing anthropology majors for the more specialised social anthropology and archaeology courses taught at the University of Otago.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Taught via lectures and tutorials.

    Course Structure
    Archaeology (Block One)
    Social Anthropology (Block Two)

    Learning Outcomes
    New awareness and knowledge of when, where and how diverse human cultures and societies have emerged across the globe; new insights into and understanding of the history, foundation theories and current debates in Archaeology and Social Anthropology; gaining foundation knowledge to support study of more specialised Anthropology and Archaeology papers.

    Archaeology: Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2012. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. Sixth edition. London: Thames and Hudson.

    There is no textbook for the Social Anthropology block of the course. Students will be referred to electronic journal articles instead

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