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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma will: • acquire a detailed understanding of current theoretical issues in anthropology and social theory; • acquire an understanding of the history and development of anthropology and social theory; • develop skills necessary for original research in anthropology and social theory; • acquire the formal qualifications necessary to proceed to higher degree research.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
  • Course description
    • Thesis 15,000 words (50 points)
    • One compulsory subject (12.5 points)
    • At least two core subjects (12.5 points)
    • One elective subject from those listed (12.5 points)
    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-510  Anthropology & Social Theory Thesis
    An independent research project on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator and under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    Compulsory subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-409  Philosophy and Scope of Anthropology
    This subject aims to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of contemporary research concerns in social and cultural anthropology. Through the critical and comparative reading of anthropological texts, students should not only become fam...     Semester 1     12.50

    Core subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-445  Reading Anthropology
    This is a special study based on intensive reading selected from teaching interests within the program covering a subject not already taken or extending knowledge within a subject already studied. This subject should facilitate the student's pow...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    121-446  Explanation and Understanding
    This subject focuses on the skills entailed in qualitative research projects that seek to understand and explain social and cultural phenomena. It introduces students to various approaches to socio-cultural research and their ethical and methodologic...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-430  Theories of Modernity
    In this subject images of the 'city', 'progress', 'the public' and 'the nation' will be used to establish some of the features of modernity. The way modernity is understood will also be explored through various...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-431  Imagined Societies
    This subject critically engages with questions regarding the place of subjectivity in the constitution and organisation of social and political relations, at both the theoretical and empirical levels. It involves the study of political subjectivities...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-532  Reading Texts in Social Theory     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-415  Migrancy, Home and Exile
    The accelerated speed, frequency and commonality of the movement of people through space is an increasingly ubiquitous feature of the modern world. Consequently, migration studies has developed as an established field of enquiry, encompassing discipl...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-491  Directed Study in Anthropology
    This subject involves intensive reading and/or research in a field of ethnological study and/or an area of topical concern not covered by other subjects available. The course of study may include an appropriate subject offered in another program. Stu...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    121-493  Debates in Anthropology and Development
    This subject is devoted to an examination of recent theoretical developments and controversies within anthropology and development studies. Each year an important issue that has occasioned debate within the discipline will be examined in detail. Stud...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-432  Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    This subject surveys recent developments in feminist theory and feminist methodology within a cross-cultural context. It explores issues involved in present-day debates about feminist epistemology and knowledge, including debates surrounding the rela...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-547  Rethinking Rights and Global Development
    This subject explores the theoretical and political issues surrounding ideas of rights and human rights, with special reference to the development process within the contemporary globalising order. It draws on recent critical, feminist and other (re)...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-432  The Critical Imagination
    This subject explores the three currents that social and critical theorising grows out of: the Enlightenment, revolutionary tradition and romanticism. It critically assesses these currents through an examination of the works of key classical critical...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-423  Romanticism and Modernity
    This subject offers an introduction to romanticism as a paradigmatic discourse of modernity, with particular emphasis on questions of gender, aesthetics and subjectivity. It also examines aspects of the role played by the ideology and discourse of ro...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-432  Cultural Studies in Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-431  Recent European Philosophy
    This subject involves a study of one or more key texts and themes in 20th century European philosophy. Students completing the subject should have achieved a critical understanding of the texts and themes discussed and be able to relate them to conte...     Semester 1     12.50

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