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Semester 1

Culture and Power (SCAN10030)

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Social Anthropology





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Visiting students must have taken at least 3 Anthropology courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

This course discusses a range of anthropological approaches to power, politics and the political, and in doing so provides a detailed examination of both open and hidden forms of power and their workings at the global, state, national, local and personal level. Key themes of this course are crime and punishment, citizenship and migration, resistance and protest, violence and power, and populism and elections.

Course Description

On completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. have a clear understanding of the importance and scope of anthropology's contribution to the analysis of power and politics. 2. take an informed, anthropological perspective on issues of governance, citizenship, processes of democratization, protest, and the role of the state in a variety of ethnographic contexts. 3. identify and characterise key approaches from social anthropology, from other social science disciplines, and from interdisciplinary fields like cultural studies, development studies, and science and technology studies to understanding and evaluating issues concerning political anthropology as a sub-field, and identify advantages, problems and implications of these approaches 4. critically evaluate contributions to the academic and public debates regarding political issues in scientific, philosophical, and humanities-related inquiries in order to engage wider audiences regarding issues of human social and cultural difference 5. identify and evaluate a selection of techniques and procedures used in political anthropology and their relation to the formal techniques and procedures of anthropology and the social sciences generally.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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