Anthropology of Current World Issues

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Course Date: 01 September 2014 to 27 October 2014 (8 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

How is anthropology changing the world and what can you learn from this?

Course Instructors

Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Gerhard is the course director of World101x. He is a Lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. His main areas of research include religion, ethnicity and the state, international development and refugees in South-East Asia. He currently holds an  Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award to produce an in-depth ethnography of the refugee experience in Malaysia. He is also an ordinary director of the Australian Anthropological Society and co-founder of the Melbourne Free University.

David Trigger

David is Professor of Anthropology at The University of Queensland and past Head of the School of Social Science. His research interests encompass the different meanings attributed to land and nature across diverse sectors of society. His research on Australian society includes projects focused on a comparison of pro-development, environmentalist and Aboriginal perspectives on land and nature. World101x will follow David into his field to explore the issues, the people he works with and their place in the world.

Anna Cristina Pertierra

Anna is a Lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. Her research is on the role of media in everyday life. Her main current project examines the cultural and political impact of entertainment television in three countries: Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines. Other research interests include changing new media practices, girls' engagement with visual media, and the use of ethnographic methods to study mass media and popular culture. World101x will follow Anna into her field to explore the issues, the people she works with and their place in the world.

Annie Ross

Annie is an Associate Professor in Anthropology and Archaeology in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on Australian Aboriginal Heritage, Australian Archeology and Indigenous involvement in land management as well as food security in the Solomon’s in the Pacific. Annie’s primary research interest is working on changing meaning and significance for aboriginal heritage places in the 21st century, with a focus on a stone arrangement site on the Darling Downs in Queensland, Australia. World101x will follow Annie into her field to explore the issues, the people she works with and their place in the world.

Sally Babidge

Sally is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. Her main research interests include Indigenous identity and politics, anthropology of resource extraction, Australian aboriginal kinship, native title and applied anthropology. Sally also works as an anthropologist in Chile with indigenous groups and their access to natural resources. World101x will follow Sally into her field to explore the issues, the people she works with and their place in the world.

Course Description

This course will allow you to better understand the world around you through utilising the anthropological lens. You will learn about the way in which anthropology as a discipline can shed new perspectives on current world issues, from indigeneity to migration and material culture.

Course Prerequisites

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