Courses - Faculty of Arts


Anthropology

Stage I

ANTHRO 100
15 Points

Human Cultures: Introduction to Social Anthropology

Humans are social and cultural beings. This course provides an understanding of human lives. Basic concepts and approaches are covered.

ANTHRO 101
15 Points

World Archaeology

World archaeology from the emergence of culture to the first cities, including the Pacific region.

ANTHRO 102
15 Points

How Humans Evolve

Humans are primates united by sociality, diversity, and flexibility and are subject to the same evolutionary forces as other species. However, human evolution is biocultural and is subject to both biological and cultural inheritances. Biological anthropology includes the study of human evolution past and present. This course will examine our evolutionary history and how evolution affects humans today.

ANTHRO 103
15 Points

Musics of the World in Everyday Life

Examines the personal, communal, religious, patriotic, emotional and economic roles that music plays in the lives of musicians, composers and listeners. Employs research from a range of ethnographic perspectives and encourages students to think and act analytically about their own musical worlds. Examples and case studies are drawn from around the globe, encompassing contemporary urban and remote village settings.

ANTHRO 104
15 Points

ANTHRO 104G
15 Points

Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific

A survey of the peoples of Pacific Islands through the perspectives of archaeology, biological anthropology, ethnomusicology, linguistics and social anthropology.

ANTHRO 105
15 Points

ANTHRO 105G
15 Points

Question of Race and Racism

International, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives question 'race' and 'racism'. Why does the concept have such social and political potency? What are the impacts of concepts of race and practices of racism and anti-racism on individuals, families, communities, nation-states and empires, and in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific in particular?

ANTHRO 106
15 Points

ANTHRO 106G
15 Points

Issues and History in Popular Music

A survey of popular music styles, artists, sub-cultures and issues that explores facets such as genre, the music industry, music and politics, music videos, the sales process, race and identity, and gender theory. Core theory and writers in popular music studies are introduced and popular music is used to explore societal changes in class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, youth, and global economic and cultural processes. Note: Does not meet the General Education requirement for BMus or BMus conjoints.

Restriction: POPMUS 106, 106G

Stage II

ANTHRO 200
15 Points

Archaeology: Understanding the Past

An examination of current concepts in archaeological research and their place in the development of archaeological thought. How archaeology makes use of its methods and theories to understand the past. An introductory laboratory component. This course is essential for students who may wish to continue their study of Archaeology at Stage III.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

ANTHRO 201
15 Points

Human Evolution

Explores issues fundamental to understanding humans’ place in nature from a biocultural perspective. What led to the evolution of bipedalism, large brains, and language? How do we define species in the fossil record? How can we reconstruct ancient diets and ecologies? The course will examine how new discoveries and advancements in biology are reshaping understandings of our evolutionary history.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

ANTHRO 202
15 Points

Music and Identity in World Music Cultures

Examines music's role in the construction and reinforcement of identity. Considers a range of culturally constructed concepts including class, gender and ethnicity; also considers the impact of mass mediated sound and unique nature of music in the cultural diaspora. Examples and case studies range from the ritual musics of Africa and the classical music of South Asia to East Asian pop.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

ANTHRO 203
15 Points

Thinking like a Social Anthropologist

A survey of some of the key anthropological theories used to analyse human social life, discussed by reference to cross-cultural studies. Also considers current debates/issues within the discipline.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology

ANTHRO 204
15 Points

Ethnography of Island Polynesia

What is distinctive about Polynesian culture and society? How and why are Polynesian cultures alike? How are they different? In what ways are Fiji, Samoa, Tikopia, Tokelau and Tonga different or similar to other Oceanic cultures? Anthropological studies of these questions will be explored through indigenous Polynesian, anthropological and historical accounts.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology, Māori Studies or Pacific Studies, or 45 points in BGlobalSt courses

ANTHRO 205
15 Points

Primate Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation

Examines the diversity of extant nonhuman primate species, including their behaviour, ecology, and conservation, and also the importance of primatology toward an understanding of our own species. Specifically, students will critically examine the results of primatological inquiries in order to gain insight into the comparative evolutionary approach, especially with respect to the applicability of such efforts to the study of humans.

Prerequisite: 15 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

Restriction: ANTHRO 349

ANTHRO 206
15 Points

Origins of Civilisation

The shift from a hunter-gatherer way of life to one based on village life and agriculture is foundational for the development of complex society. The course considers what socio-cultural changes were involved as Holocene societies developed in different parts of the world and how the relationship between humans and the environment changed.

Prerequisite: 15 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

Restriction: ANTHRO 322

ANTHRO 207
15 Points

Coming of the Māori: Archaeology of Aotearoa New Zealand

Examines the first 600-700 years of human settlement in Aotearoa New Zealand from an archaeological perspective, from Polynesian arrival through the early historic period. Themes include Māori origins in East Polynesia, adaptations to Aotearoa’s temperate environment, changing patterns of resource use, Māori material culture and arts, the development of fortified sites or pā, and the emergence of classic Māori society.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: ANTHRO 365

ANTHRO 208
15 Points

Medical Anthropology

Medical Anthropology draws on biological and social/cultural anthropology to address issues of human health and disease. A distinct subfield, it includes studies of the co-evolution of humans and diseases, human ecology, cultural constructions of health and illness, medical knowledge and healing practices, and the political economy of health. Students are asked to research, think and write analytically about these topics.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 102 or 60 points passed at Stage I

ANTHRO 211
15 Points

Human Sex, Gender and Sexuality

Explores the central anthropological topics of human sex, sexuality and gender from diverse perspectives. Topics may include cross-cultural and social conceptualisations and creations of difference; ideas about biology, gender and sexuality; how they are simultaneously socio-cultural products and forces; lived experiences and corporeal and political phenomena; reproductive politics; and global, national and local sexual and gender relations.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology, Gender Studies, History or Sociology

Restriction: ANTHRO 215, 342

ANTHRO 212
15 Points

Ethnographic Film and Photography

Explores uses of photography and film in the production and dissemination of anthropological knowledge. Emphasises the choices in subject matter, imagined audience, composition, construction of narrative (or not), and mode of representation that are made at all stages in the production of ethnographic images. Uses ethnographic images to reflect on construction of ethnographic texts.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or ARTHIST 115 or 30 points in Anthropology, Sociology, Media Film and Television, or Communication

Restriction: ANTHRO 320

ANTHRO 217
15 Points

Rhythm, Blues and Rock

African-American popular music and culture from the mid-1930s through the early 1960s, including styles such as blues, R 'n' B, and early Rock 'n' Roll. Considers issues of racial and gendered representation, creativity, the popular music industry, the place of music in the development of 'youth culture' and stylistic trends. Individual performers, recordings and performances, are also examined.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

Restriction: POPMUS 206

ANTHRO 234
15 Points

Popular Musics of the Pacific

From hip hop to reggae to pop, this course explores Pacific popular music genre, artists and songs as well as relevant musical techniques, modes of distribution and processes of fusion and change. It probes the positions and possibilities of Pasifika pop musics by discussing critical questions about culture, authenticity, modernisation, consumerism, identity and musical (ex)change.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed

ANTHRO 235
15 Points

The Anthropology of Human Remains

Human remains reflect the lives of the dead as well as the lives of those who buried them. The course introduces students to the various ways in which we can study the dead. It covers three areas: the interpretation of mortuary practices, the interpretation of past lives from skeletal remains, and the practice of burial archaeology in the southern hemisphere.

Prerequisite: 15 points in Anthropology or 60 points passed

Restriction: ANTHRO 367

ANTHRO 236
15 Points

Special Topic

ANTHRO 241
15 Points

Anthropology of the Body

Examines cultural and historical variations in how societies understand and experience the human body. The focus will be primarily on social, historical, and political-economic approaches. Topics such as labour, sport, health, illness, sexuality, gender, and religious ritual will be considered. Explores the cultural construction and social experience of the human body in a diverse range of settings.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology

Restriction: ANTHRO 354

ANTHRO 244
15 Points

Politics of Culture

A critical exploration of contemporary debates on and around the idea of 'culture'. Focuses particularly on controversies at the interface between anthropology and politics, from problems of cultural translation and the appropriation of culture, to the politicisation of culture, multiculturalism and the rise of the 'consumer culture'.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology or Political and International Relations

Restriction: ANTHRO 330

ANTHRO 246
15 Points

Tradition and History in New Zealand Archaeology

Examines Māori traditions and history as a guide to processes in the New Zealand archaeology. Case studies will include Māori canoe traditions, the expeditions of Hongi Hika and Te Rauparaha, and the Ngāi Tahu settlement of the South island.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 101 or 102 or 103 or 104 or 60 points passed

Restriction: ANTHRO 346

ANTHRO 247
15 Points

Anthropology Today: Debates in Culture

The primary aim is to provide students with an introduction to some of the more topical and controversial themes that social anthropologists are currently engaged with. Topics include: the culture of terrorism, anthropology and cyberculture, the anthropological study of prisons, race and racism, and the politics of representation.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology

Restriction: ANTHRO 331

ANTHRO 248
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 101 or 102 or 103 or 104 or 60 points passed

ANTHRO 250
15 Points

World-view and Religion

Anthropological approaches to religion and world-view. Includes cross-cultural approaches to meaning, belief, religious experience, ritual and myth. Issues of religion, ideology, syncretism, symbolism in social conflict and change. Considers local and world religions.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology or Theological and Religious Studies or Sociology

Restriction: ANTHRO 319

ANTHRO 251
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology

ANTHRO 252
15 Points

Special Topic: Global Heritage Management

Globally, archaeological features and historic monuments are increasingly threatened by urban development, looting, antiquities trafficking, and effects of climate change. Using an archaeological perspective, state-of-the-art recording technologies, community partnerships, legislation, management systems, and the role of museums in conservation and exhibition will be examined. Case studies from Aotearoa, Pacific and elsewhere illustrate major issues, contradictions, and controversies, alongside effective heritage management.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 101 or 102 or 103 or 104 or 60 points passed

ANTHRO 268
15 Points

Exploring Ethnography

Explores ethnographic approaches to human cultures, including key elements of ethnographic fieldwork and analytic approaches. Uses ethnography to understand contexts and processes that shape people’s social and cultural lives. In any given year, a different ethnographic region (e.g., Europe, Melanesia, Polynesia, South-East Asia, New Zealand) or theme (e.g., art, economics, racism, technology, violence) may be covered.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 100 or 30 points in Anthropology, Sociology or History

Restriction: ANTHRO 368

Stage III

ANTHRO 301
15 Points

Contemporary Research in Music and Culture

A seminar-style course covering a range of current topics and methods in ethnomusicology. Examines selected theories, methods, and perspectives on the roles and meanings of musical activity in contemporary human culture. We will view music as a symbolic component of cultural expression and as both focus and paradigm for cultural structures and behaviours.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 202 or 30 points at Stage II in Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice

Restriction: ANTHRO 219

ANTHRO 306
15 Points

Pacific Archaeology

The archaeology of the Pacific region, including colonisation, settlement patterns, interisland trade, traditional navigation, cultural change, emergence of complex societies and ethnohistory.

Prerequisite: 60 points at Stage II

Restriction: ANTHRO 706

ANTHRO 309
15 Points

Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

Introduces analytical approaches to anthropological data, emphasising application of statistical principles to research design. Strongly recommended for all students of anthropology considering postgraduate study. Concepts and topics include: variable scales, operational definitions, sampling, choosing appropriate statistical tests, error, measures of central tendency and dispersion, accuracy, bias and validity. This course assumes only a limited mathematical background.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 or 201 or 203 or 120 points passed

Restriction: SOCSCRES 300

ANTHRO 310
15 Points

Reading Ethnography

Ethnographic texts are the major outcome of research in social and cultural anthropology. This seminar-based course compares different ethnographies and approaches to ethnographic research and writing.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 with a minimum B pass

ANTHRO 317
15 Points

Field Methods in Archaeology

Participation in a field school involving an intensive introduction to all aspects of excavation and subsequent laboratory analysis and report preparation.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 passed with a grade of B– or higher

Restriction: ANTHRO 737

ANTHRO 318
15 Points

Archaeological Science

Archaeology uses a great number of scientific methods. This lab course introduces the application of these techniques. Using the resources found in our laboratories, topics covered include geophysical sub-surface prospecting, dating, identifying the origin of archaeological material using petrography and geochemistry, residue analysis, ceramic and stone artefact production, and study of archaeological sediments. Coursework includes a series of hands-on laboratories.

Prerequisite: B- or higher in ANTHRO 200 or 201

ANTHRO 319
15 Points

World-view and Religion

Anthropological approaches to religion and world-view. Includes cross-cultural approaches to meaning, belief, religious experience, ritual and myth. Issues of religion, ideology, syncretism, symbolism in social conflict and change. Considers local and world religions.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: ANTHRO 250

ANTHRO 321
15 Points

Equality and Inequality

Examines conceptualisations, realities and consequences of equality and inequality cross-culturally. Considers whether there are egalitarian societies and whether inequality is inevitable. Covers types and systems of inequality such as slavery, gender inequality, caste and class, as well as differences between economic and political inequality, and between equality of opportunity and equality of results.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II

ANTHRO 322
15 Points

Origins of Civilisation

The shift from a hunter-gatherer way of life to one based on village life and agriculture is foundational for the development of complex society. The course considers what socio-cultural changes were involved as Holocene societies developed in different parts of the world and how the relationship between humans and the environment changed.

Prerequisite: 60 points at Stage II

Restriction: ANTHRO 206

ANTHRO 327
15 Points

Music and Culture in Bollywood

Focuses on Hindi film songs and song scenes taken from mainstream "Bollywood" films, with consideration of tensions between music as popular song and as a narrative component. Examines issues and theories of music, semiotics and narrative context and convention and explores the role of film song in South Asian popular culture.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

ANTHRO 328
15 Points

Bioarchaeology

A practical introduction to the archaeological analysis and interpretation of biological remains, emphasising faunal materials but also including macrobotanical remains and pollen.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 or 201 with a minimum B- grade

ANTHRO 329
15 Points

Music of East Asia: Tradition, Modernity and Globalisation

Explores East Asia from the ethnomusicological perspective and illuminates how music negotiates boundaries and constructs varying identities in China, Japan, and Korea, while affirming a distinct cultural identity generally referred to as "East Asian". Using different musical practices of East Asia as case studies, it examines multiple approaches and methodologies used in studying East Asian music.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

ANTHRO 330
15 Points

Politics of Culture

A critical exploration of contemporary debates on and around the idea of 'culture'. Focuses particularly on controversies at the interface between anthropology and politics, from problems of cultural translation and the appropriation of culture, to the politicisation of culture, multiculturalism and the rise of the 'consumer culture'.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: ANTHRO 244

ANTHRO 331
15 Points

Anthropology Today: Debates in Culture

The primary aim is to provide students with an introduction to some of the more topical and controversial themes that social anthropologists are currently engaged with. Topics include: the culture of terrorism, anthropology and cyberculture, the anthropological study of prisons, race and racism, and the politics of representation.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: ANTHRO 247

ANTHRO 337
15 Points

Birth, Death, and Disease: Anthropological Demography

Examines how human populations change over time, what factors underlie patterns of disease and death, and why demography is so important to the study of epidemics. The course will explore the use of demographic methods and theories of demographic and epidemiological transition to examine fertility, morbidity, mortality, and migration from an anthropological perspective, with a particular focus on infectious disease dynamics.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 201 or 60 points in Anthropology

ANTHRO 340
15 Points

Heritage Conservation in Aotearoa

Addresses the main principles of heritage conservation focusing on the rationale rather than treatment methods. Special emphasis is given to the fields of: conservation of place, archaeological, architectural, ethnographic and fine art conservation. Provides students with a cultural orientation to conservation where issues are examined through several contexts, including anthropological studies and conservation science.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Anthropology

ANTHRO 342
15 Points

Human Sex, Gender and Sexuality

Explores the central anthropological topics of human sex, sexuality and gender from diverse perspectives. Topics may include cross-cultural and social conceptualisations and creations of difference; ideas about biology, gender and sexuality; how they are simultaneously socio-cultural products and forces; lived experiences and corporeal and political phenomena; reproductive politics; and global, national and local sexual and gender relations.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: ANTHRO 211, 215

ANTHRO 345
15 Points

Directed Study in Anthropology

A directed reading and individual study course, offered in exceptional circumstances, to prepare students in the methodologies of a selected sub-discipline of Anthropology, with the agreement and under the supervision of appropriate staff.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 or 201 or 219 or 203 and Head of Disciplinary Area approval

ANTHRO 346
15 Points

Tradition and History in New Zealand Archaeology

Examines Māori traditions and history as a guide to processes in the New Zealand archaeology. Case studies will include Māori canoe traditions, the expeditions of Hongi Hika and Te Rauparaha, and the Ngāi Tahu settlement of the South island.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 or 201 or 203 or 219 or 120 points passed

ANTHRO 347
15 Points

Special Topic in Anthropology

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Anthropology including either ANTHRO 200 or 201

ANTHRO 348
15 Points

Perspectives on Human Growth

Adopts evolutionary and biocultural perspectives in examining patterns of human growth and maturation. Human developmental patterns are placed within an evolutionary framework using evidence from non-human primates and earlier hominid remains. Variability within and among human populations in growth and developmental timing is considered in terms of genetics interacting with physical, biotic and social factors.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 201 or 60 points in Anthropology

ANTHRO 349
15 Points

Primate Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation

Examines the diversity of extant nonhuman primate species, including their behaviour, ecology, and conservation, and also the importance of primatology toward an understanding of our own species. Specifically, students will critically examine the results of primatological inquiries in order to gain insight into the comparative evolutionary approach, especially with respect to the applicability of such efforts to the study of humans.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 201 or 60 points in Anthropology

Restriction: ANTHRO 205

ANTHRO 351
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II in Anthropology

ANTHRO 352
15 Points

Special Topic: Applied Anthropology

Examines how anthropology has been used in interventions that affect people’s lives, and how anthropology has contributed to public policy and public discourse. Considers ethical, methodological and theoretical complexities of anthropology’s engagement in development and advocacy. Finally, the course will consider how anthropologists fit into the bigger picture of transnational governmentality, policy and economy.

Prerequisite: 60 points in Anthropology

ANTHRO 353
15 Points

Archaeology in Practice

Introduces standard laboratory methods for analysing artefacts and generating material culture data to answer questions about the past. Quantitative observations, classification, and hypothesis testing will be emphasised. Course content will be relevant to a range of archaeological research, including research in heritage management contexts. Analysis of Australasian and Pacific Island materials will form the basis of laboratory work when possible.

Prerequisite: B- or higher in ANTHRO 200 or 201

ANTHRO 354
15 Points

Anthropology of the Body

Examines cultural and historical variations in how societies understand and experience the human body. The focus will be primarily on social, historical, and political-economic approaches. Topics such as labour, sport, health, illness, sexuality, gender and religious ritual will be considered. Explores the cultural construction and social experience of the human body in a diverse range of settings.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II in Anthropology

Restriction: ANTHRO 241

ANTHRO 357
15 Points

Gender, Sexuality and Popular Music

Explores the ways in which gender and sexual identities are both reflected in and modified by mainstream popular music: from 'girl power' to boy bands; from outwardly gay and lesbian artists to the gay appropriation of heterosexual female divas; from the camp masculinity of heavy metal to lesbian rock and riot grrrls; from women-hating gangster rappers to powerful women in the recording industry.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: POPMUS 306

ANTHRO 358
15 Points

Gender and Colonialism in the Pacific

The transformation of gender relations in the Pacific from the inception of the European contact period and through the colonial process. Emphasis will be on the gendered nature of colonialism both in terms of how it framed the process, as well as how the experience was lived.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: WOMEN 303

ANTHRO 360
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 or 201 or 203 or 219 or 120 points passed

ANTHRO 365
15 Points

Coming of the Māori: Archaeology of Aotearoa

Examines the first 600-700 years of human settlement in Aotearoa/New Zealand from an archaeological perspective, from Polynesian arrival through the early historic period. Themes include Māori origins in East Polynesia, adaptations to Aotearoa’s temperate environment, changing patterns of resource use, Māori material culture and arts, the development of fortified sites or pā, and the emergence of classic Māori society.

Prerequisite: 60 points at Stage II

Restriction: ANTHRO 207

ANTHRO 366
15 Points

Medicine, Power and Politics

Anthropological examination of the interplay between cultural values, local and national politics, and international health programs and initiatives. Examines how experiences of medical care and ideas of illness and health vary across different cultural groups and socio-cultural settings.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II

ANTHRO 367
15 Points

The Anthropology of Human Remains

Human remains reflect the lives of the dead as well as the lives of those who buried them. The course introduces students to the various ways in which we can study the dead. It covers three areas: the interpretation of mortuary practices, the interpretation of past lives from skeletal remains, and the practice of burial archaeology in the southern hemisphere.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 or 201 with a minimum B– grade

Restriction: ANTHRO 235

ANTHRO 368
15 Points

Exploring Ethnography

Explores ethnographic approaches to human cultures, including key elements of ethnographic fieldwork and analytic approaches. Uses ethnography to understand contexts and processes that shape people’s social and cultural lives. In any given year, a different ethnographic region (e.g., Europe, Melanesia, Polynesia, South-East Asia, New Zealand) or theme (e.g., art, economics, racism, technology, violence) may be covered.

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II in Anthropology

Restriction: ANTHRO 268

ANTHRO 370
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: ANTHRO 200 or 120 points passed

ANTHRO 399
15 Points

Capstone: Anthropological Science

Provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their integrated knowledge and growth in the major. Students are encouraged to make connections between their academic learning in anthropological science and the professional world. Specific topics will vary by year, but will feature projects designed to incorporate both independent and collaborative work, as well as the potential for public engagement.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed at Stage III in Anthropological Science or Academic Head approval

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

ANTHRO 700
30 Points

ANTHRO 700A
15 Points

ANTHRO 700B
15 Points

Method and Theory in Archaeology

A critical review of current themes and issues in archaeological method and theory.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 700 A and B, or ANTHRO 700

ANTHRO 701
30 Points

ANTHRO 701A
15 Points

ANTHRO 701B
15 Points

Human Palaeoecology

Critical survey of methods, theories and problems in human palaeoecology, including issues of resource use, landscape change, island colonisation and anthropogenic extinctions.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 701 A and B, or ANTHRO 701

ANTHRO 703
30 Points

ANTHRO 703A
15 Points

ANTHRO 703B
15 Points

Landscape Archaeology

Uses geographic information systems (GIS) and other computer programmes to examine the spatial organisation of data, and the relationship of archaeological features both to other features, and the environment. The social processes underlying these spatial configurations will be a particular focus.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 703 A and B, or ANTHRO 703

ANTHRO 704A
15 Points

ANTHRO 704B
15 Points

Material Culture

The study of material culture using museum, ethnographic, archaeological and experimental approaches, including the information provided by material culture studies on human agency and the structuring of societies.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 704 A and B

ANTHRO 708A
15 Points

ANTHRO 708B
15 Points

Cultural Resource Management in Archaeology

Covers all aspects of cultural resource management as it relates to archaeological sites and heritage with a particular focus on New Zealand archaeology and Māori heritage. There is an emphasis on site identification, recording and interpretation in the field. Legal aspects and the roles of archaeologists and iwi in cultural resource management are also covered.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 708 A and B, or ANTHRO 708

ANTHRO 709
15 Points

Applying Anthropology

Considers the diverse fields in which Anthropology may be applied to peoples and cultures in the contemporary world, including, for example: environmental and development issues; land and resource conflicts; mediation and advocacy; human rights; cultural heritage; social policy; business and industry; communications; marketing; medical investigations; museums and other representational activities. Addresses practical and ethical issues that arise in these areas.

ANTHRO 712
30 Points

Topic in Biological Anthropology

ANTHRO 713
30 Points

Special Topic in Biological Anthropology

ANTHRO 718A
15 Points

ANTHRO 718B
15 Points

Interpreting Biocultural Data

A survey of the design, implementation, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of research in biocultural anthropology. It provides a holistic overview of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to biocultural anthropological scholarship.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 718 A and B

ANTHRO 719
30 Points

ANTHRO 719A
15 Points

ANTHRO 719B
15 Points

Ethnographic Practice and Design

Based on seminars, workshops and field research, the course prepares students to understand the foundations of anthropological ethnography and the ethical issues it entails, and to become proficient ethnographers in the field, in archives and at the desk. The course provides instruction and practice in research design and proposal writing in socio-cultural anthropology.

Restriction: ANTHRO 753

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 719 A and B, or ANTHRO 719

ANTHRO 724
30 Points

Special Topic in Social Anthropology

For students currently enrolled in a postgraduate programme in Anthropology.

ANTHRO 726
30 Points

ANTHRO 726A
15 Points

ANTHRO 726B
15 Points

Advanced Biological Anthropology

A critical review of key theoretical underpinnings and current debates in biological anthropology including Darwinism, population biology, adaptation and adaptability, evolutionary perspectives on modern humans and primatology.

Restriction: ANTHRO 710, 751, 752

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 726 A and B, or ANTHRO 726

ANTHRO 727
30 Points

ANTHRO 727A
15 Points

ANTHRO 727B
15 Points

Ethnographies of Music-making

Advanced theories and methodologies for the ethnomusicological analysis of live musical performances and other behaviours across all genres and cultures. Primary attention is given to ethnography and participant-observation supported by analysis of industrial, cultural, musical, and mediated phenomena.

Prerequisite: 30 points from ANTHRO 323, 333, 357

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 727 A and B, or ANTHRO 727

ANTHRO 728
30 Points

Topic in Ethnomusicology

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 728 A and B, or ANTHRO 728

ANTHRO 729
15 Points

ANTHRO 729A
7.5 Points

ANTHRO 729B
7.5 Points

Special Studies in Anthropology

A directed reading and individual study course to prepare students in the methodologies in a selected sub-discipline of Anthropology, under supervision of appropriate staff.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 729 A and B, or ANTHRO 729

ANTHRO 732
15 Points

Reading Medical Ethnography

Examines the social anthropological practice of ethnography of health and illness in community and clinical settings, including 'non-Western' and 'Western' cultural contexts, through critical readings of recent ethnographies in medical anthropology. Considers ethnographic and anthropological theory, ethics, methodology and application.

ANTHRO 733
30 Points

Research in Popular Music Culture

Advanced ethnomusicological theories and methodologies for the analysis of data that are obtained from mediated performance, archival sources, material culture and recorded music and image.

Prerequisite: 30 points from ANTHRO 323, 333, 357

ANTHRO 735
30 Points

Special Topic in Anthropology

ANTHRO 736
30 Points

ANTHRO 736A
15 Points

ANTHRO 736B
15 Points

Special Studies in Anthropology

A directed reading and individual study course to prepare students in the methodologies in a selected sub-discipline of Anthropology, under supervision of appropriate staff.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 736 A and B, or ANTHRO 736

ANTHRO 738
15 Points

Anthropology and World Religions

Examines the relationships between global religious bodies and theologies and local belief and practices. Addresses questions of agency, culture, power, cross-cultural encounters and vernacularisation in world religions such as, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam or themes such as, missionaries, vernacularisation and colonialism.

ANTHRO 739
15 Points

ANTHRO 739A
7.5 Points

ANTHRO 739B
7.5 Points

Special Studies in Anthropology

A directed reading and individual study course to prepare students in the methodologies in a selected sub-discipline of Anthropology under supervision of appropriate staff.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 739 A and B, or ANTHRO 739

ANTHRO 740
15 Points

Anthropology of Europe

Key issues and debates in the anthropology of Europe, from ethnic violence, nationalism and racism, to urban youth cultures and the European Union. The aim of the course is to provide close, critical reading and discussion of a number of recent ethnographies that deal with particular issues and controversies in modern European society.

ANTHRO 742
15 Points

Contact and Colonialism

A seminar focused on critical understanding of the political, social and economic expansion of European countries around the world and its cultural consequences. Themes may include: cultural encounter, causes and effects of colonisation, interpretations of the other by colonisers and colonised, Creole cultures, slavery, race, resistance and accommodation, gender, demography, environmental impacts.

Restriction: ANTHRO 720

ANTHRO 743
15 Points

Violence and Pain

An examination of the social and cultural meanings of violence and the ways in which violence impinges on notions of personhood, the body and community. Central questions will include how experiences of violence are communicated, the limits of such communication, and their implications for understanding self, culture and human agency.

ANTHRO 744
15 Points

Anthropology and History

A critical examination of the characteristics, applications and interactions of different media in the production of the past: chant, genealogy, song, dance, textiles, carving, architecture, as well as written text.

Restriction: ANTHRO 720

ANTHRO 745
15 Points

Special Topic: Anthropology and the Humanities

Explores the interactions between anthropology and the humanities, especially literature and visual arts. Topics include anthropology's formation in relation to modernism, primitivism; how these movements have influenced nationalisms; contemporary exercises in genre-bending: ethnographic novels, ethnography as literature, televisual ethnography; the borders between empirical ethnographic and imaginative accounts. Students will consider how and why disciplinary boundaries are formed and transgressed.

ANTHRO 746
15 Points

Special Topic

ANTHRO 747
15 Points

Special Topic

ANTHRO 748
15 Points

Human Osteology

Advanced method and theory in human osteology. Coursework is a combination of seminars and practical workshops covering the areas of biocultural frameworks, ethics, taphonomy, human identification, dental anthropology, palaeopathology and biomolecular approaches. Work is focused upon method and theory as applied in the southern hemisphere.

Restriction: ANTHRO 730

ANTHRO 749
15 Points

Advanced Primatology

A practical and theoretical exploration of the methodological principles and research methods in contemporary primatology. Students build a working understanding of behavioural data collection and analysis, as well as developing tools for the assessment of populations and habitats.

Restriction: ANTHRO 730

ANTHRO 753
15 Points

Practising Ethnographic Research Methods

Students learn observational, ethnographic and quantitative social anthropological research methods by designing and carrying out a small class research project. Ethical and methodological issues are introduced.

Restriction: ANTHRO 711, 734

ANTHRO 754
15 Points

Preparing Research Proposals

Methodology, epistemology, ethics, research design, advanced methods and research proposal preparation within the disciplines of biological and social anthropology.

Restriction: ANTHRO 721, 782

ANTHRO 755
15 Points

Anthropology and Public Policy

Examines the way 'policy' has become an increasingly central organising principle in contemporary societies, shaping the way we live, act and think. Drawing on anthropological and sociological theories on power, governance and subjectivity, it explores how policy creates new categories of individuals such as 'citizens', 'nationals', 'criminals' and 'deviants', and the influence policy plays in the way individuals construct themselves as subjects.

Restriction: ANTHRO 355

ANTHRO 756
15 Points

Anthropology and Intellectual Property

Examines recent anthropological contributions to debates about intellectual property. These include concepts of ownership, the objectification and appropriation of indigenous knowledge, creativity, bioprospecting, the protection of intangible cultural property, and the effects of global flows of information on persons, privacy and the ownership of ideas.

ANTHRO 758
30 Points

Special Topic in Archaeology

ANTHRO 759
15 Points

Special Topic

ANTHRO 760
15 Points

Anthropological Theory and the Contemporary World

An analysis of foundational and current theoretical works in social anthropology and their relevance to understanding contemporary societies and cultures. The course examines anthropological approaches to long-standing disciplinary debates and contemporary issues of wider public debate.

Prerequisite: Permission of Head of Department

Restriction: ANTHRO 714

ANTHRO 761
15 Points

Cultural Worlds in Anthropological Perspective

Draws on both classic and cutting edge approaches in anthropology to examine how human social and cultural worlds are constituted, contested and changed. The course introduces students to a range of different anthropological perspectives on contemporary social, political and economic issues and shows how these can be addressed cross-culturally.

Prerequisite: Permission of Head of Department

Restriction: ANTHRO 714

ANTHRO 780
30 Points

ANTHRO 780A
15 Points

ANTHRO 780B
15 Points

Dissertation

Restriction: ANTHRO 782

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 780 A and B, or ANTHRO 780

ANTHRO 782
30 Points

Research Project

Supervised development of research skills, including the ability to design a research proposal, to conduct research, analyse data and write a research report.

Restriction: ANTHRO 754, 780

ANTHRO 790
60 Points

ANTHRO 790A
30 Points

ANTHRO 790B
30 Points

Dissertation in Anthropology

A topic in one of the sub-disciplines of Anthropology to be selected in consultation with a supervisor.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 790 A and B, or ANTHRO 790

ANTHRO 792
45 Points

ANTHRO 792A
22.5 Points

ANTHRO 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation in Anthropology

A topic in one of the sub-disciplines of Anthropology to be selected in consultation with staff.

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 792 A and B, or ANTHRO 792

ANTHRO 796A
60 Points

ANTHRO 796B
60 Points

Thesis in Anthropology

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Anthropology with an average of at least B+ for courses taken in the BA(Hons) degree or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 796 A and B

ANTHRO 797A
60 Points

ANTHRO 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Anthropology with an average of at least B for courses taken in the BA(Hons) degree or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ANTHRO 797 A and B

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