Foundations of Society and Culture

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Society and Culture

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Anthropology 101 introduces students to the subject through a focus on the nature and organisation of tribes, chiefdoms, states and the global system. An understanding of the social and cultural differences among societies of different scales is essential to both further study in Anthropology and an appreciation of world culture, history and geography.

    Learning Objectives:
    The objectives of ANTH 101 are to introduce students to the similarities and differences among
    societies and cultures of various scales and to complement our other introductory course, ANTH
    102. On successful completion of this course you should be able to:
    1. identify and analyse fundamental ideas, concepts, and research practices of contemporary
    social and cultural anthropology;
    2. undertake research utilising an anthropological perspective and communicate your
    findings in verbal and written form;
    3. explain how different aspects of culture relate to one another and are integrated in a
    cultural system;
    4. critically discuss the relationship between culture and scale in societies around the world
    utilising a comparative perspective.

    60% internal assessment, 40% examination.

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