ANTH212-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Kinship and Family in Comparative Perspective

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course is designed to help students understand the importance of kinship and family in human societies and appreciate the complexities and variation in how kinship and family are conceptualized and practised in different cultures. In this course, we will discuss classic and contemporary case studies of kinship and family in cultures and societies around the world, including Africa, China, Europe, the United States, and the Pacific area (including New Zealand), to list just a few. In examining these cases and case studies, we will probe the issues of biology and culture, personhood and subjectivity, and structure and human agency in varied ways of conceptualizing and practising kinship in different cultures. This course also covers comprehensive knowledge of historical and contemporary theories and methods in kinship and family studies to help students develop critical perspectives on how kinship and family are practised in contemporary life.


Any 15 points at 100 level from ANTH or SOCI or any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 242
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Jane Soons 602
27 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
02 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 251 (31/3)
Jane Soons 602 (31/3)
27 Mar - 2 Apr

Course Coordinator

Zhifang Song


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly questions and answers 5% Each student will have 2 opportunities to lead group discussion
Facilitating tutorial discussion groups 5%
Attendance and Participation 5%
Mid-term test 30 Mar 2021 25%
Ethnographic Project and Final Essay 05 Apr 2020 20% Part One Data collection
Part two 04 Jun 2021 40% 1500 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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