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This course provides a critical introduction to the historical and anthropological study of ethnicity, race and migration, with a particular emphasis on New Zealand.
ANTH223/HIST283/MAOR230/PACS204/SOCI223 provides a critical introduction to the historical and anthropological study of ethnicity, race, nationalism, genocide, indigeneity, migration, assimilation, identity and the nation-state. The first part of the course draws on material from North America, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to find ways in which we might analyse these ideas or themes in different times and places. We examine some of the main theoretical approaches to ethnicity and carry out a structured controversy exercise that allows us to apply these frameworks to a particular problem. After the mid-term break, we extend the course themes in a 'hands-on' way through local case studies that bring together 'the field and the archive'.Our focus in both sections of ANTH223/HIST283/MAOR230/PACS204/SOCI223 is on: (a) ways we might investigate concrete issues such as racism, ethnic violence, cultural survival, ethnic incorporation, nationalism, identity, migration, assimilation, diaspora and transnationalism(b) the kinds of questions that confront those of us engaged in the historical, anthropological and sociological study of ethnicity. Does ethnicity matter? If so, when does it become important? How does it work in everyday life? What is the relationship between ethnicity and other kinds of social identification such as class, religion, gender and locality? How can we account for the complex layering of ethnic identities? What is the connection between ethnicity and culture? Why ethnicity?
COURSE GOALThis course aims to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about ethnicity and to explore ways that we might understand, explain and compare ethnic phenomena in the past and in the contemporary world.This course will enable each participant to: - consider the value of ethnicity as a conceptual tool for the study of everyday life - critically evaluate different approaches to ethnicity and nationalism - complete a research essay that applies frameworks developed in the course to the study of ethnicity in a specific historical context - reflect on course texts and learning experiences in a personal journal - contribute effectively in group and cooperative work - develop an appreciation for anthropology’s historical imaginationNOTE: The correct prerequisites for this course are as follows - please ignore the ones below.15 points of 100 level SOCI or ANTH or HIST or MAOR with B grade or better; or 30 points of 100 level SOCI or ANTH or HIST or MAOR; or students without 100 level SOCI or ANTH or HIST or MAOR 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.
15 points of ANTH orSOCI at 100 level; OR 45 points in related subjects with the approval of the Head of Department.
HIST283, MAOR230, PACS204, SOCI223
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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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.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences.