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ANTH3010 – Culture, Myth and Religion

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Payel Ray
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
All our social practices have a cultural dimension that is as profound as any material imperative such as earning a livelihood. In the twentieth century anthropologists concerned with the study of culture came to focus on systems of symbols and meaning. In this unit we will ground the study of symbols and meaning in three dimensions of human existence. First, we understand the world around us as specific kinds of meaningful places rather than as a neutral backdrop to meaning. Second, our own bodies and sensory bodily practices are the primary vehicle and means for this capacity to make the world meaningful. Third, we experience ourselves as creatures who inhabit time, but in quite varied and distinctive ways. Throughout, the emphasis will be on how we as students of culture have our own experiences of place, of embodiment, of ritual, of symbol and myth, of death, and of happier experiences such as music and song. We will read broadly from rich ethnographies of other places and people, and we will also create spaces to explore our own experiences as cultural beings through story telling.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO2: Implement core anthropological methods based on description and analysis.
  • ULO1: Develop participatory skills in group discussion based onprior preparation.
  • ULO3: Examine and evaluate a range of ethnographic and theoretical texts.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate critical analysis and creative thinking skills.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate understanding of core of anthropology's contribution to study of culture, religion, ritual.

General Assessment Information

All information regarding assessments will be available on iLearn - please refer to the iLearn page for all assessment information

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Preparation Participation and Leading Group Discussion 30% No on going
Take-home Exam 40% No 01/04/2021
Long Essay 30% No 07/06/2021

Preparation Participation and Leading Group Discussion

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: on going
Weighting: 30%

 

Students will prepare for a tutorial, participate weekly and take turns in leading discussions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop participatory skills in group discussion based onprior preparation.
  • Examine and evaluate a range of ethnographic and theoretical texts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of core of anthropology's contribution to study of culture, religion, ritual.

Take-home Exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: 01/04/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

A choice of three topics out which students will answer 2 questions and the answer will be in the form of an account of 1000 words each.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Implement core anthropological methods based on description and analysis.
  • Examine and evaluate a range of ethnographic and theoretical texts.
  • Demonstrate critical analysis and creative thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of core of anthropology's contribution to study of culture, religion, ritual.

Long Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 07/06/2021
Weighting: 30%

 

Long Essay

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Implement core anthropological methods based on description and analysis.
  • Examine and evaluate a range of ethnographic and theoretical texts.
  • Demonstrate critical analysis and creative thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of core of anthropology's contribution to study of culture, religion, ritual.

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

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