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ANTHROPOLOGY

Students who register for Anthropology as a major subject are advised to include Archaeology (AGE1502) in their curriculum. Thematic study: The following are examples of general themes that the Department may select for study in Anthropological context in different papers: education; health; tourism; labour; gender differentiation; differentiation and conflict in multicultural communities; development; organisational culture; any significant theme, particularly from recent anthropological literature. Ethnographic studies are selected by the Department with due regard for geographical distribution and the illustration of a variety of theoretical perspectives or Anthropological themes over the duration of three courses.
Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: APY1501, AGE1502
NQF Level: 6: APY2601, APY2602, APY2613
NQF Level: 7: APY3701, APY3702, APY3703, APY3704, APY3705
Anthropology and Archaeology as combined majors:
NQF level 5: APY1501, AGE1501, AGE1502, PLS1501 or DVA1501
NQF level 6: APY2601, APY2602, APY2613, AGE2601, AGE2602, GGH2603
NQF level 7: APY3701, APY3702, APY3703, APY3704, APY3705, AGE3701, AGE3702, AGE3703, AGE3704, AGE3705

General Anthropology: Theoretical Perspectives - APY4803
Honours Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: APY4801
Purpose: (a) History, principles and scope; (b) Anthropological schools and trends of thought; (c) An advanced study of at least one selected topical theme.
Applied Anthropology - APY4804
Honours Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: APY4801
Purpose: (a) Nature, field and development; (b) Theoretical principles and premises; (c) Advanced study of at least two selected areas of application.
Anthropological and Archaeological Research Report - HRAAR81
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: APY4801 or AGE4801
Purpose: A research report based on an archaeological study on a topic chosen by the student but approved by the Head of Archaeology must be submitted for examination.
The Anthropological Study of Culture in a Multicultural Context - APY1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of the module is to introduce students to anthropology, a discipline that focuses on human beings everywhere, both past and present. The module seeks to provide students with basic anthropological knowledge and skills to understand social life in diverse societies and illustrates the relevance of anthropology in dealing with human problems stemming from issues of identity, family life and religion. Students who complete this module should be able, at a basic level, to engage anthropologically with communal living and real life challenges arising from it.
Anthropological Theory in Practice - APY2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To understand selected theoretical aspects of anthropology and to demonstrate awareness of their relevance in practice.
Anthropology and Health Care - APY2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To acquire knowledge of selected aspects of the anthropology of health care, and to gain insight into the causes of and solutions to health problems in multicultural contexts, with specific reference to health care in South Africa.
Anthropology in an African Context - APY2613
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: is to ensure that qualifying students are able to critically engage with social phenomena related to, among others, race, class and gender as found and experienced in daily life. Furthermore students enrolled for this module will be able to apply a critical mindset and engage in specific themes related to Africa such as religion, colonialism and development, and the historical processes that lead to the formation of these concepts. Students will understand the anthropological process, that there is a relationship between daily life and broader social processes.
Qualitative Research Methodology: the Anthropological Strategy - APY3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To understand and apply key features of anthropological research methods, for example ethnographic interviewing, participant observation, ethics, and various other data collection techniques.
Applied Anthropology: Contemporary Human issues and the Practice of Anthropology - APY3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To develop the perspectives and skills which anthropologists apply for the benefit of humankind, for example in the fields of development, health-care, tourism, corporate culture, education, intercultural relations and sociocultural impact assessment.
Themes in Anthropology: the Relevance of Ritual - APY3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To recognise and understand the role, meaning and context of ritual in everyday human behaviour.
Themes in Anthropology: Tourism and Pilgrimage - APY3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To understand the role, dynamics and consequences of tourism and pilgrimage from an anthropological perspective.
Sociocultural Solutions to Problems of Human Adaptation - APY3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: of this module is to equip students to be able to engage in a rigorous discourse about the impact and influence of sociocultural diversity. While such diversity finds expression at the local level, its global basis will also be understood by graduates. This module also places emphasis on the understanding of the relationship between historical processes and its influence on local culture and furthermore the relationship link between the local and the global culture. Using different ethnographic examples, interpretations and discourses the module considers how sociocultural diversity has resulted from the different ways in which societies have developed methods of coping with the problems or challenges arising from the mutual connectedness and interdependence of people and systems. Critical thinking, rationality of thought and lifelong learning are the cornerstones of this module which qualifying students will be expected to constantly engage with.
Anthropological Research and Writing - APY4801
Honours Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: (a) The research process; (b) Data-collection techniques; (c) Data recording and analysis; (d) Anthropology in problem-solving.
African Ethnography - APY4802
Honours Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: APY4801
Purpose: (a) Theoretical perspectives on ethnography in African context, with reference to historical development and particular approaches in this field; (b) An extensive study of one or more sociocultural systems of societies in Africa, with special emphasis on the relation between theory and ethnography.