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 +# Around the world in 13 weeks #
  
 +## Around the world in 13 weeks ##
 +
 +Ryan Schram
 +
 +October 31, 2018
 +
 +ryan.schram@sydney.edu.au
 +
 +Social Sciences Building 410 (A02)
 +
 +Available at http://​anthro.rschram.org/​1002/​13.2
 +
 +
 +## Global forces and cultural differences
 +
 +* Capitalism
 +* Colonialism
 +* Global religions, e.g. Christianity and Islam
 +* transcultural discourses of conservation and sustainability
 +* global warming and its effects on local environments
 +
 +## Capitalism is a culture
 +
 +* Capitalism is a culture, not a space of "​freedom."​
 +* In a capitalist system, people must play the role of the individual.
 +* Capitalism creates illusions, e.g. commodity fetishism.
 +
 +## The conjuncture of cultures
 +
 +* No society exists in isolation; everyone lives in an intersection of
 +  two or more systems.
 +* Contemporary societies are all different, but we can understand them
 +  all as variations on the encounter of reciprocity and
 +  commodification.
 +   - Efflorescence
 +   - Tension, conflict, segregation
 +   - Transformation
 +* Global forces are context for local cultural systems, and vice
 +  versa.
 +* This is not just true about global capitalism; we can apply the same
 +  perspective to any global movement, even climate change.
 +   - Climate migration
 +   - "Gone the bull of winter"​
 +   - The fantasy that indigenous people are wise prophets of sustainability
 +
 +
 +## The snake and the mongoose ##
 +
 +Once upon a time there was a snake and a mongoose...
 +
 +{{:​snake.mongoose.jpg|}}
 +
 +Many opposites - values, ideas, institutions - are not binary,
 +either-or. They are contradictions and they exist in an ambiguous
 +tension which is both a source of conflict but also creativity.
 +
 +
 +## Snake and mongoose ##
 +
 +That is, contemporary life is defined by its contradictions. There are
 +co-present forces in tension, leading to conflict and also unexpected
 +side-effects.
 +
 +* Globalization involves change in societies.
 +* Globalization allows people to recreate a coherent cultural order
 +  with new materials.
 +
 +## Everything is mixed ##
 +
 +Categories are not dichotomous;​ Many opposites are actually co-present.
 +
 +* Tradition / modernity
 +* Developed / undeveloped
 +* Custom / rationality
 +* Gift / commodity
 +* Love / money
 +
 +Each society, big or small, is also a microcosm of the whole world. ​
 +
 +## Majoring in anthropology ​
 +
 +### If you started in 2018
 +
 +A major consists of 48 credit points (eight units) at three levels. The requirements for a major in anthropology are: 
 +
 +* ANTH 1001 and 1002 (ANTH 1001 is also offered in the summer)
 +* Two 2000-level units (e.g. culture and development,​ medical anthropology,​ gender, religion) ​
 +* Four 3000-level units (e.g. Indigenous Australians Today, The Social Production of Space)
 +
 +### If you started before 2018
 +
 +A major consists of 36 "​senior"​ (2000-level and 3000-level units). These should include: ​
 +
 +* One senior unit from each of three types: regional (Southeast Asia, Indigenous Australia), thematic (medical anthropology,​ religion), and theoretical-methodological
 +* One 3000-level unit, typically either ANTH 3601 (contemporary theories) or ANTH 3602 (reading ethnography) ​
 +
 +
 +## Honours in anthropology:​ Independent thinking and research ​
 +
 +Doing an honours year in anthropology is an opportunity to carry out an original project, working one on one with a supervisor. To qualify for honours entry, you need: 
 +
 +* a credit average of 70 or better
 +* across 42 senior credit points of anthropology
 +* including ANTH3601 and ANTH3602
 +* (if you began your course in 2018) two majors ​
 +* you need to be keen and have an idea for a project! (Discuss with the honours coordinator and potential supervisors!)
 +
 +Now, for a special message about our world-renowned honours program in anthropology,​ here's the 2019 honours coordinator,​ Yasmine Musharbash! ​
 +
 +{{ :​1002:​anth_honours.pptx |Honours in anthropology,​ a guide for 2019}}
 +
 +
 +## References ##
 +
 +Lacock, Hennie. 2013. Cobra and Mongoose. Caters New Agency. http://​news.xinhuanet.com/​english/​photo/​2013-10/​29/​132841640_11n.jpg.
 +
 +## A guide to the unit ##
 +
 +{{page>​1002guide}}
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