ANTH312-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Kinship and Family in Comparative Perspective

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course is designed to help students understand the importance of kinship and family in human societies and appreciate the complexities and variation in how kinship and family are conceptualized and practised in different cultures. In this course, we will discuss classic and contemporary case studies of kinship and family in cultures and societies around the world, including Africa, China, Europe, the United States, and the Pacific area (including New Zealand), to list just a few. In examining these cases and case studies, we will probe the issues of biology and culture, personhood and subjectivity, and structure and human agency in varied ways of conceptualizing and practising kinship in different cultures. This course also covers comprehensive knowledge of historical and contemporary theories and methods in kinship and family studies to help students develop critical perspectives on how kinship and family are practised in contemporary life.


Any 30 points at 200 level from ANTH or SOCI, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


ANTH212, GEND218, GEND318, SOCI212, SOCI312

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 213
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly Summaries 10% Every student is supposed to write a short summary of the main points of the weekly reading. The summary should be no more than 100 words.
Quiz and tutorial participation 10%
Workshop Participation 5%
Mid-Semester Test 20%
Ethnographic Project Part 1: Data Collection 15%
Ethnographic Project Part 2: Final Essay 40% 1500 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,687.00

International fee $7,900.00

* 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.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All ANTH312 Occurrences

  • ANTH312-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024 - Not Offered
  • ANTH312-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024