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This course provides a critical introduction to the historical and anthropological study of ethnicity, racism, genocide and migration.
This course aims to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about ethnicity, racism and genocide, exploring ways that we might understand, explain and compare these phenomena in the past and in the contemporary world. Our focus in all three sections of the course is on: 1. Ways we might investigate concrete issues such as racism, genocide, ethnic violence, cultural survival, ethnic incorporation, nationalism, indigeneity, migration, assimilation, diaspora and transnationalism.2. The kinds of questions that confront those of us engaged in the anthropological study of ethnicity, racism, and genocide. Does ethnicity matter? If so, when has it become important? How had it worked in everyday life? What is the relationship between ethnicity and other kinds of social identification such as class, religion, gender and locality? What is the connection between ethnicity and culture in specific contexts? Why ethnicity? What do we mean when we use terms like ‘racism’ and ‘genocide’?
This course will enable each participant to: Consider the value of ethnicity and indigeneity as conceptual tools for the study of everyday life in the past and in the contemporary world.Critically evaluate different anthropological approaches to ethnicity, racism, genocide, ethnic violence and migration.Consider processes of colonisation and globalisation and their role in shaping ethnic relations locally and internationally.Critically reflect on the historical realities of indigenous societies in comparative perspective Complete a research essay that applies frameworks developed in the course to the study of ethnic relations in a specific context. Critically reflect on the nature of knowledge and norms, including indigenous models, in a personal learning journal.Contribute effectively in group and co-operative work.
Any 15 points at 100 level from ANTH, HIST, MAOR, orSOCI, or60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
HIST283, MAOR230, PACS204, SOCI223
HIST283, MAOR230, PACS204
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
Domestic fee $844.00
International fee $3,950.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences