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Global in its scope and comparative in its analysis, social and cultural anthropology is ideally equipped to explore the diversity of human social life and the variety of cultural understandings that emerge from it. This course introduces the discipline of socio-cultural anthropology, the peoples and places with whom anthropologists work, and key themes in the study of society and culture. Crucially, it also explores fundamental questions about cultural diversity, and provides the intellectual tools for making sense of the diverse, interconnected world in which we live.
This course is concerned with understanding the diverse, interconnected world in which we live. By introducing the imperial ventures and intellectual revolutions resulting from European encounters with other peoples and places, students learn about the global scope and comparative perspective of socio-cultural anthropology. As a discipline first emerging in tandem with the making of the modern world, the course introduces the key concepts and research practices by which anthropology continues to make sense of cultural diversity. This also involves an appreciation of ideas of race, culture, and identity through which a world system of unequal exchange relations has been configured, and the critical role of anthropologists exploring social difference, and challenging power, prejudice, and inequality.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Academic Integrity Guidance for Staff and Students PDF document
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Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.