Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Anthropologists have long been fascinated by kinship and marriage, which are central to human social organisation and to relationships of gender and power. In this subject we look at how anthropological approaches to these forms of relationships have changed over time and critically assess recent work in this field. We examine the role and significance of kinship and marriage in many different societies, looking at the diverse ways humans create families, and topics such as the concept of love and the darker side of kinship - family violence. The future of kinship and marriage will also be considered in the light of continuing social change and the development of new reproductive technologies.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAidan Craney

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures; tutorial exercises; genealogical exercise; films and online content; tutorial discussions and essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students are required to have passed 2 subjects totalling 30 credit points at second year level


Incompatible subjectsANT2KAM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply kinship terminology and notation to a complex genealogical diagram.
02. Construct a complex kinship diagram using genealogical information.
03. Critically examine the local and global dimensions of social and cultural changes to kinship and marriage.
04. Evaluate different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of kinship and marriage.
05. Produce a sustained and complex written argument about a specific topic in kinship studies.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, LTU Term 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAidan Craney

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 5 - 6
Three 2.00 h block mode per week on weekdays during the day from week 5 to week 6 and delivered via face-to-face.
This face-to-face workshop is optional for those who would like to deepen their understanding of each topic. Discussions will be based on the lecture, online activities and reading of each module, so students are expected to complete them before coming to the block mode workshop.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 2 - 7
Ten 2.00 h unscheduled online class per study period from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via online.
Each module is comprised of one hour online recorded lecture and one hour online activity. In addition, students are expected to undertake reading for each module.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2 Online quizzes (1250 words equivalent) Quiz questions based on online recorded lectures, readings and online activities.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4

One 2,000-word essay Essay to be submitted via Turnitin

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One genealogical exercise (750 words equivalent) Genealogical exercise to be submitted online

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2