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APG4313

Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Jane Drakard

Notes

Previously coded HYM4950

Synopsis

This unit examines new approaches in anthropology and history, specifically the development of 'ethnohistory', a theoretical perspective and growing body of work which attempt to understand the past through culture. This includes investigating the ways in which culturally oriented reading strategies have been used to uncover the 'hidden transcripts' encoded in texts, rituals and events. Particular emphasis will be placed on the way these strategies might be applied in the preparation of honours dissertations.

Outcomes

This subject examines methodological approaches in anthropology and history and looks at the ways in which culturally oriented reading strategies have been used to uncover the 'hidden transcripts' encoded in texts, rituals and events. Students are expected to:

  1. Think carefully about the relationship between anthropology and history and the nature and implications of attempts to work within and between these two disciplines.
  2. Consider the concept of 'culture' and its uses as a tool for historical investigation.
  3. Relate their reading to a set of general questions about what historians do, including the nature of historical evidence and the conclusions that may be drawn from it.

Assessment

Written work: 80%
In-class test: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Jane Drakard

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

Prohibitions

ATS4313, APG5313