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HU. 28 ANTHROPOLOGY


Anthropology 1A and 1B are prerequisites for Anthropology 3A and 3B.

Practical work in the form of individual and group fieldwork is compulsory in all undergraduate modules.




Anthropology 1A

ATL1AA1

NQF level: 6

NQF credits: 16

Content:

  • Introduction to Anthropology: Human biological and cultural origins

Purpose:

This module is an introduction to Anthropology. The focus will be on human biological and cultural evolution.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Identify the study area of anthropology and its sub-fields in broad terms.

  • Define the core concepts of anthropology.

  • Understand the theory of evolution.

  • State what the different debates about human biological and cultural origins are.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Anthropology 1B

ATL1BB1

NQF level: 6

NQF credits: 16

Content:

Introduction to Anthropology: Social and cultural variation.

This module is an introduction to Anthropology. The focus will on the anthropology of human social and cultural variation.

Purpose:

This module is an introduction to Anthropology. The focus will on the anthropology of human social and cultural variation.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Differentiate between the fields of study in anthropology.

  • Understand reasons for human social and cultural variation.

  • Explain the different uses of anthropological knowledge and skills.

  • Indicate what the characteristics are of the theoretical approaches in anthropology.

  • Identify and explain the nature of anthropological fieldwork and research techniques.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Anthropology 2A

ATL2AA2

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 16

Content:

Purpose:

This module is an introduction to the anthropology of religion and ritual; and nature-society relations.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Explain the foundations of religion.

  • Discuss the relationship of religion to culture and society.

  • Understand the diversity of religions and rituals.

Understand and use the basic anthropological concepts about nature and society.

Understand the interconnectedness of humans and the environment.

Explain how humans have shaped the environment over time and how the environment has shaped human societies.

Discuss how understandings of the human relationship with the natural world vary cross-culturally across time and space.



Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%





Anthropology 2B

ATL2BB2

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 16

Content:

Purpose:

This module is an introduction to the anthropology of space and place; and to medical anthropology.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



  • Understand the conceptualisation of space and place in current anthropological thinking.

  • Explain the ways in which anthropologists and local communities understand sacred,

contested and transnational space.

  • Understand the central issues concerning ‘urban life’.

Explain the variation in health and illness between and within populations across time and space and understand the sources of this variation.

To develop and understanding that health and illness is the result of a complex interaction between sociocultural, environmental and biological phenomena.

Understand the biocultural interactions between humans and pathogens.

Be able to use a cross-cultural approach and ethnographic examples to discuss and explain issues about health and illness.



Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




Anthropology 3A

ATL3AA3

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 22

Content:

Human origins

Cognitive anthropology

Purpose:

This module is an introduction to human origins and cognitive anthropology.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



the planet.

  • Compare the major theories that seek to explain the origin and dispersal of modern hominids and contrast the different views using evidence from specific paleoanthropological and archaeological sites, genetic data and dating techniques.

  • Understand that human cognition evolved through time.

  • Define core concepts relating to the study of human cognition.

  • Identify anthropological methods of exploring past and/or current human.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%



Anthropology 3B

ATL3BB3

NQF level: 7

NQF credits: 22


Content:

Ethnography

Histories and theories of anthropology

Purpose:

This module is an introduction to ethnography; and the histories and theories of anthropology.



Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module learners should be able to:



context.

  • Identify the elements and style of ethnography as a product of literature.

  • Critically discuss and evaluate postmodern analyses of ethnography.

  • Report on own ethnographic fieldwork in a reflective mode.

  • Identify and discuss the different theoretical approaches in anthropology.

  • Be able to contextualise different theoretical approaches historically.

  • Discuss the merits and shortcomings of core ideas of different anthropological schools

of thought.

orientation.

Calculation criteria:

Minimum Full Period Mark for Examination Admission – 40%

Full Period Mark Weight – 50%

Examination Mark Weight – 50%




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