ASS101 - Peoples of the World

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rohan Bastin
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

Anthropology asks the ultimate question for human beings: what does it mean to be human? Because of this, anthropology is the science that must understand both the physical and the metaphysical dimensions of human existence: how we both create and relate to our environment. The unit commences with an examination of the foundational issues for anthropologists including the nature of human culture, the nature of humans as an evolved species, and the critical importance of human rationality and belief. Examples of human societies and cultures are drawn from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, and Australia.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Articulate a range of anthropological attitudes, terms, and methods in the study of Human Being, including the place of ethnography in anthropological thinking

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO2

Trace the development of anthropological theory with an ethnographic focus on African cultural and political systems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3

Unpack and re-assess contemporary social issues by using anthropological terms and frameworks, such as witchcraft, magic, and sorcery

GLO5: Problem Solving

ULO4

Critique a specific understanding of science and rationality by engaging seriously with the logics of other cultural systems, and communicate understandings of these through written assessments

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar/Online exercises 800 words
or equivalent
20% Ongoing
Assessment 2 - Essay 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - End of Unit Assessment  2000 words
or equivalent
50% End of Unit Assessment period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASS101
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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