• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Major code ANTH-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Anthropology Major

Anthropology is the study of cultural differences and similarities in a globalised world. As a field of study anthropology is uniquely placed to interpret the widest range of contemporary social phenomena - from migration to religious fundamentalism, online communities and new social movements, contemporary indigenous cultural expression and identity politics, consumption and commodification, and many changing forms of social relationships. The School of Archaeology and Anthropology offers a diverse range of undergraduate courses which cover these themes and more.

The discipline's distinctive methodology, long-term ethnographic fieldwork, provides anthropologists with finely grained and in-depth understandings of complex social phenomena. With a commitment to a comparative and holistic framework, anthropologists' treatment of cultural diversity provides insights into the different ways people comprehend their place in the world and relationships to each other, as well as new ways for us to think about our own relationships and society. It is an ideal foundation for a contemporary liberal-arts degree. Students of non-English languages can find anthropology especially useful.



Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

  • familiarity with the major dimensions of analysis of societies and cultures (e.g., gender, religion, personhood, identity, violence, emotion, state, nation, globalisation)
  • familiarity with directed as well as unintended processes of change (e.g., culture and  development, applied anthropology)
  • familiarity with the interrelation of technique and theory in the recording and describing of cultures (e.g., film); and
  • familiarity with the intersection of bio-social and material dimensions of social life 
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH1002 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology 6
ANTH1003 Global and Local 6

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH2004 Religion, Ritual and Cosmology 6
ANTH2005 Indigenous Australian Societies and Cultures 6
ANTH2006 Anthropology of New Guinea and Melanesia 6
ANTH2009 Culture and Development 6
ANTH2010 Anthropology of Art 6
ANTH2017 Indigenous Australians and Australian Society Today 6
ANTH2025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
ANTH2026 Medical Anthropology 6
ANTH2033 Religion and Society in India 6
ANTH2049 Filming Cultures 6
ANTH2050 Themes in Anthropology I 6
ANTH2051 Themes in Anthropology II 6
ANTH2056 Belonging, Identity and Nationalism 6
ANTH2057 Culture and Person 6
ANTH2128 Media and Modernity 6
ANTH2129 Crossing Borders: Diasporas and Transnationalism 6
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
ANTH2132 Food for Thought: Anthropological theories of food and eating 6
ANTH3010 Supervised Research in Anthropology 6
ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia 6
ANTH2133 Social Animals: anthropological perspectives on animal-human relationships 6
ANTH2135 Vietnam Field School 6-12

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA3610 Globalising Southeast Asia: Capitalism, Media, and 21st Century Cultures 6
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA2517 Indonesia: Language, Media, and Arts in Social Change 6
ARCH2108 Animals, Plants and People 6
BIAN3113 Human Evolution 6
BIAN2064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters 6
BIAN2115 'Race' and Human Genetic Variation 6
BIAN2119 Nutrition, Disease and the Human Environment 6
BIAN2120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics 6
BIAN2126 Primate Evolutionary Biology 6
BIAN3127 Primate Ecology and Behaviour 6
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
INDN3107 Introduction to Southeast Asian Performing Arts: Performance, Genres and Intercultural Translation 6
LING2015 Language, Culture, Translation 6
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
PASI2003 Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific 6
PASI2005 Pacific Politics: From Independence to Intervention 6
PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development 6
PASI3003 Spirit Islands: Indigenous and Introduced Religions in the Pacific 6
PASI3006 Navigating the Pacific: Mapping the study and research resources 6
BIAN3124 Human Society as Animal Society: Sex, Conflict, Co-operation and Human Uniqueness 6
BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis 6
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