ANTH102-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Cultural Diversity and The Making of The Modern World

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Piers Locke


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online discussion briefs 10%
Cultural Diversity exercise 06 Mar 2020 5%
Critical summary 03 Apr 2020 25%
Essay 08 May 2020 30% Essay
Take-home test 12 Jun 2020 30% Made available on Monday 8 June 2020


Computer use requirements

You must have continual access to a computer or tablet with broadband internet access.  We realise that many of our students may feel anxious about their level of computer and online skills when they think about distance study.

The following checklist will help identify the areas that students will need to be comfortable in to successfully manage online learning.

* Know how to access the internet through an internet provider
* Know how to operate the basic search and navigation features of a web browser
* Know how to use email to send and receive messages and attachments
* Know how to download and open PDF documents
* Know how to change a document into a PDF file
* Know how to store and retrieve electronic documents for future use
* Be comfortable reading and contributing to online discussion forums in course Learn sites
* Be able to write assignments using a word processing application
* Be able to use your computer with several windows open at the same time
* Be able to open audio and video files

Indicative Fees

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.

All ANTH102 Occurrences

  • ANTH102-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • ANTH102-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)