Identity and Difference: Introduction to Anthropology - ANTH150
This unit conveys the excitement of the challenge posed by Anthropology to our common sense understanding of the world. It is divided into two parts, each dealing with a particular contribution of anthropology to our understanding of human beings. In the first half of this unit we examine many of those elements of identity that we regard as natural or as objectively given: space, food, childhood, language, and even the body itself. In each of these we gain insights into the profound role of culture in shaping us, and therefore, the way it can vary and differ from one culture to another. The second half of the unit introduces students to the more complex set of power relations in the contemporary world: relations of class, of colonialism, of nationalism, race, and gender. More broadly, the senses are a fundamental theme of the unit, ranging from illness and healing, world music, religious imagery, to the sensory experience of place itself.
D2 - Day; Offered in Session 2, North Ryde
|Staff Contact(s):||Dr Daniel Fisher, Anthropology Staff|
Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts
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