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SOCA1020.3: Politics and Power

Discover contested areas of societies, and investigate resistance to power, nation and the state

SOCA1020.3: Politics and Power
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Learn about those who resist structural forces in society

This is the third of four courses in the SOCA1020: What is Anthropology? program. The program introduces the history of anthropology and of anthropological thought, and the nature and practice of anthropological fieldwork (ethnography).

Over three weeks, you’ll critically interrogate power: what it is, how it is structured, where it manifests, who controls it and who resists it. Social stratification across communities, the phenomenon of ‘us and them’, and the effect of structures on the individual will also form a significant part of this course.

What topics will you cover?

Please see the SOCA1020: What is Anthropology? course handbook for more detail.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Interrogate what the discipline of anthropology is and how it relates to the concepts of 'culture' and 'society';
  • Explain the concepts of life-worlds (local) and system world (global) and identify their interconnections;
  • Investigate processes of social and cultural transformation by applying a systematic, critical and sympathetic understanding of the contemporary world;
  • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of ethnography and the nature of social and cultural research more broadly;
  • Apply academic skills relevant to anthropology, including critical appraisal of anthropological literature and effective written communication.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in anthropology, cultural issues in society, or the workings of society and cultural practices. It would also suit those looking to develop their critical thinking or research skills. You need to have completed the previous two courses in the SOCA1020 program to enrol.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Lecturer of Social Anthropology in the School of Humanities and Social Science at UON.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle (Australia). Research interests: Australian Aboriginal health, and German parents working with ART

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle Australia

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).

  • Established

    1965
  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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