Faculty of Arts


Anthropologies of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ANTHRO 336.


Race, ethnicity and nationalism are hotly contested, widely applied and deeply pervasive ideas. They are used to construct and challenge groups, build and undermine nations and to instil and destroy identities.  In this subject you will learn about the various complex ways in which race, ethnicity and nationalism are central to societal notions of self and belonging. Through an anthropological perspective, you will come to understand the historical origins of these ideas and the various ways in which they have been applied, as well as how they are shaping the world today. By considering these ideas through a variety of perspectives and case studies you will develop a more nuanced understanding of how you, and those around you, form our understanding of self and ‘other’. 

Course Objectives

  • To provide students with a critical anthropological understanding of the ideas of race, ethnicity and nationalism.
  • To introduce students to the various intellectual and popular debates around race, ethnicity and nationalism.
  • To enhance students appreciation for the social and cultural impacts of these ideas in the real world.
  • To develop a more reflexive anthropological position on these issues for future study, research and workplace use. 

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Mark Busse
Lecturer(s) Dr Alex Pavlotski


Coursework only


ANTHRO 336: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II in Anthropology, Global Politics and Human Rights, Political Studies or Politics and International Relations or Sociology 

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