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ANT4002 Contemporary Issues and Debates in Anthropology

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or MSTA

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course examines central themes in contemporary anthropology today including key debates such as the issues of whether anthropology is primarily an explanatory or interpretive enterprise, positivism and relativism; the nature of culture; and the relationship between anthropologists and the people they study. Case studies of important issues that have resulted in debate within the discipline will be examined in detail. Examples of topics to be examined include the Hindmarsh Island Bridge controversy, the Chagnon/Tierney Yanomami issue and the Sahlins/Obeysekere debate about Lono and the meaning of the death of Captain Cook in Hawaii.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2015 Online