Students must take three of the available courses and complete a research report of approximately 20-30 000 words. Students must take the two core courses ‘The Craft of Anthropology' and 'South African Ethnography' if they have not already done so as Honours students. Attendance at the weekly Wits Anthropology Seminar Series is compulsory.
ANTH4009/7018 - Select Topics 'Anthropology of Art and Method'
The module takes as its starting point a provocation from the panel discussion 1984 and Beyond (Playboy Magazine 1963 June and July issue), which suggests that if we're to discover aliens, it would not fall to engineers and hard scientist, but to anthropologist to define these aliens. It goes further and points out that it would not be long before they recognize the anthropologist's limitations and bring in the science fiction writers to do the job. The module brings together a series of disparate texts.
ANTH7020 - Anthropology and Ethnographies of South Africa
The course explores the anthropology and ethnographies of sub-Saharan Africa. It does so by exploring different genres/forms of what might legitimately be considered an "ethnographic" text in an African context.
ANTH7026 - Craft of Anthropology
This course is designed to teach Anthropology Honours and Masters students the craft of ethnography. The course will give students the opportunity to engage ethnography through:
- Reading some excerpts of its classic iterations
- Practical exercises
The course will also serve as a workshop for students to prepare research proposals for their degrees.
ANTH7024 - Medical Anthropology in the Global World
Medical Anthropology helps make sense of suffering and recovery as a social experience. It carries us into refugee camps, birthing centres, factories, boardrooms, rehabilitation centres and schools.
ANTH7029 - Sociocultural Theory
Social theory, cultural theory, and critical theory, often just plain ‘theory’: these terms denote a literature that lies between philosophies on the one hand and empirical work conducted in the humanities and social sciences on the other. The thread that runs throughout is a critical attention to the notion of the human: anthropology’s defining object but one that is deeply problematised by ongoing political and intellectual developments.
ANTH7007 - Identity & Culture
This course covers key questions around identity and culture. As the notion of identity proliferates, it troubles anthropology as a discipline which emerged out of the Enlightenment period where classifications of persons became a raison d’etre of the discipline. Seeking to understand, unravel and possibly reverse primordial, essentialist and ethnocentric descriptors in processes of identification, whilst attempting to think through the mobilisation of hard notions of identity in everyday social practice, is a daunting task for contemporary anthropologists. Identity and culture are two of the most ubiquitous terms in anthropology.
ANTH7027 - Ethnographic Analysis and Writing
ANTH7013 - Research Topic
Students will be considered for admission to Masters in Anthropology if they have marks of at least 65% or higher for Honours in Anthropology. Students with lower marks may be considered with appropriate motivation.
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