Anthropology of Kinship and Family

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Anthropology of Kinship and Family

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Family Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Knowledge gained in completing any one (12.5 points) of the following subjects:
    ANTH10001 Anthropology: Studying Human Diversity
    ANTH20001 Keeping the Body in Mind
    ANTH20007 Working with Value
    ANTH20012 Engaging the World in Theory & Practice
    ANTH20006 Culture Change and Protest Movements
    ANTH20008 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
    ANTH20011 Ethnic Nationalism and the Modern World
    SOTH20002 Modernity: Foundations of Sociology
    SOTH20003 Social Theory and Political Analysis
    ANTH20012 Engaging the World in Theory & Practice

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Kinship studies has a long, important and contentious history in Anthropology. Drawing on this historical legacy this subject applies both classic and contemporary anthropological theories of family, kinship and social relatedness to a range of ethnographic case studies. The subject addresses three inter-related themes. Firstly, there is an anthropological focus on the links that exist between kinship and the nation-state in terms of national identity, ethnicity, migration and state policy. Secondly, the subject considers yet complicates imaginings of blood ties and biogenetic substance by examining the influences of black magic, ghost marriages, Skype, spiritual conception, milk, guns, deities, surrogate mothers and medical practitioners in the shaping of kin ties today. Finally, there is a focus on continuity and social change and the ways in which the meaning of family, kinship and social relationships are transformed or otherwise by new reproductive and genetic technologies, polygamy, same-sex relationships, friendships and the influence of internet and mobile-phone based forms of communication.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.