Faculty of Arts


Questions of Race and Racism

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ANTHRO 105.


This course approaches the concepts of race and racism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It begins by considering the origins of the concept of race and the serious inadequacies it has as a biological concept used to describe human genetic variation. Following this we consider how the reality of socially defined race may be embodied in discriminated groups as poorer health outcomes. We continue by exploring various concepts and their historical and theoretical frameworks from the perspectives of law, media, history, geography, women’s studies and Pacific studies. Students are encouraged to think about why concepts of race have such social and political potency. What are the impacts of these concepts and practices of racism and anti-racism on individuals, families, communities and nation-states, internationally and here in the Pacific, particularly in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Susanna Trnka


Coursework + exam


ANTHRO 105: 15.0 points

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