Students

ANTH3008 – Psychological Anthropology

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

Download as PDF
Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Greg Downey
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Around the world and across time, human cultural variation has extended into the depths of the human psyche, shaping different ways of being human. Are we all the same or do the ways we treat emotion, conflict, social interaction, cognition, and other dimensions of life result in differences among people? Psychological anthropology has traditionally focused on such themes, investigating the cultural dimensions of self, personality, cognition, emotion, normalcy and deviance, seeking to understand both the variant and universal features of human emotional, cognitive, and social life. Students will have the opportunity to explore an area of personal interest in psychological anthropology.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate mastery of psychological anthropology, analysing and discussing the literature and central theories related to psychological anthropology and the broader study of cultural practices in their social and cultural contexts.
  • ULO2: Discover the variety of humanity, including the peculiarity of Western traits, ways we understand ourselves, and social roles.
  • ULO3: Interrogate ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between universal traits and variability.
  • ULO4: Explore the role of social setting and norms in shaping human development.
  • ULO5: Actively participate in collegial discussion of anthropological theory.
  • ULO6: Gain greater understanding of techniques for investigating experience, including ethnography, field research, and comparative approaches.
  • ULO7: Improve writing and critical reading skills.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Weekly quiz 20% No Weekly
Take-Home Midterm exam 20% No 30/9/2021
Research Essay 25% No 22/10/2021
Final exam 20% No 8/11/2021
In-tutorial discussion questions 15% No Weekly

Online Weekly quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 6 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will be expected to take a weekly quiz online based on the readings, lecture and tutorial activity. The quiz will close prior to the lecture in the following week.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of psychological anthropology, analysing and discussing the literature and central theories related to psychological anthropology and the broader study of cultural practices in their social and cultural contexts.
  • Discover the variety of humanity, including the peculiarity of Western traits, ways we understand ourselves, and social roles.
  • Gain greater understanding of techniques for investigating experience, including ethnography, field research, and comparative approaches.

Take-Home Midterm exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 30/9/2021
Weighting: 20%

 

Take-Home Midterm exam

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of psychological anthropology, analysing and discussing the literature and central theories related to psychological anthropology and the broader study of cultural practices in their social and cultural contexts.
  • Interrogate ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between universal traits and variability.
  • Gain greater understanding of techniques for investigating experience, including ethnography, field research, and comparative approaches.
  • Improve writing and critical reading skills.

Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 22/10/2021
Weighting: 25%

 

Research Essay (2000 word maximum)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of psychological anthropology, analysing and discussing the literature and central theories related to psychological anthropology and the broader study of cultural practices in their social and cultural contexts.
  • Discover the variety of humanity, including the peculiarity of Western traits, ways we understand ourselves, and social roles.
  • Interrogate ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between universal traits and variability.
  • Explore the role of social setting and norms in shaping human development.
  • Gain greater understanding of techniques for investigating experience, including ethnography, field research, and comparative approaches.
  • Improve writing and critical reading skills.

Final exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 8/11/2021
Weighting: 20%

 

Final Exam after the last lecture of the session.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of psychological anthropology, analysing and discussing the literature and central theories related to psychological anthropology and the broader study of cultural practices in their social and cultural contexts.
  • Interrogate ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between universal traits and variability.
  • Gain greater understanding of techniques for investigating experience, including ethnography, field research, and comparative approaches.
  • Improve writing and critical reading skills.

In-tutorial discussion questions

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 15%

 

Each week, the tutorial (online and on campus) sets the students a series of tasks, including a participatory task depending upon the material for that week.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interrogate ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between universal traits and variability.
  • Explore the role of social setting and norms in shaping human development.
  • Actively participate in collegial discussion of anthropological theory.
  • Improve writing and critical reading skills.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Delivery mode is currently scheduled to be mixed, as COVID-19 restrictions are changing. All lectures will be pre-recorded; tutorials will vary depending upon NSW State guidelines and whether a student has registered for the online or in-person format. Every effort will be made to make the delivery flexible for students in order to best accommodate the changing conditions and health concerns. 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes from Previous Offering

The unit is being offered at this level for the first time in 2021. There will be significant changes from the previous year as well because the convenor of the unit has changed and an entirely new curriculum introduced.