ANTH212-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Kinship and Family in Comparative Perspective

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

This course focuses on the importance and nature of family and kinship in the construction and maintenance of social relations by individuals as well as groups, in a variety of ethnographic contexts.

Family and kinship provide important ways for people to be related to each other in all societies throughout the world. An understanding of any human society is impossible without some understanding of kinship and family in that society. For this reason, topics of kinship and family have long attracted scholarly attention from various disciplines of social sciences, in particular anthropology and sociology. In this course, we will discuss classic and contemporary case studies of kinship and family in cultures and societies around the world, including African tribal societies, pre and post communist China, Medieval Europe, the United States and New Zealand, to list just a few. We will cover the topics of biology and culture, personhood and subjectivity, gender, and global capitalism.

Course Aims: This course is designed to enable students to understand the importance of kinship and family in human societies and the cross-cultural variations in how kinship and family are conceptualized and practiced. This course is also to give students a comprehensive knowledge of historical and contemporary theories and methods in kinship and family studies and enable students to apply these theories and methods to the analysis of kinship and family systems.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, students are expected to:

a)  Understand the ways in which anthropologists have understood kinship and family historically, and how these understandings have shifted in line with wider theoretical changes in the discipline.
b)  Appreciate the cross-cultural variation in how kinship and the family are conceptualized and practiced, and the role of these conceptualizations and practices in the structuring and conduct of social relations.
c)  Understand how the conceptions and practice of family and kinship are shaped by the broader socio-cultural, economic and political contexts.
d)  Be able to apply the theories and methods learned to the analysis of kinship and family systems.

NOTE: The correct pre-requisites for this course are as follows - please ignore the ones below.

15 points of 100 level ANTH or SOCI with B grade or better; or 30 points of 100 level ANTH or SOCI; or students without 100 level ANTH or SOCI but with a B average or better in 60 points in related subjects may enter the course with the approval of the Head of Department.

Pre-requisites

15 points of ANTH or SOCI at 100 level; OR 45 points in related subjects with the approval of the Head of Department.

Restrictions

ANTH312, GEND218, GEND318, SOCI212, SOCI312

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 E12 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 240 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 240 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Zhifang Song

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Leading Discussion 10% Each student will have 2 opportunities to lead group discussion
Attendance and participation 5%
Mid-term test 26 Mar 2019 25%
Ethnographic Project and Final Essay 05 Apr 2019 20% Part One Data collection
Part two 31 May 2019 40% 1500 words

Textbooks

Readings are posted on Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* 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 ANTH212 Occurrences

  • ANTH212-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019