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

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:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level
A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

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

Code Title Units
ANTH1002 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology 6
ANTH1003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality 6

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

Code Title Units
ANTH2004 Religion, Ritual and Cosmology 6
ANTH2005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment 6
ANTH2009 Culture and Development 6
ANTH2010 Anthropology of Art 6
ANTH2017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today 6
ANTH2025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
ANTH2026 Medicine, Healing and the Body 6
ANTH2024 Ties That Bind: The Anthropology of Kinship and Relatedness 6
ANTH2050 Themes in Anthropology I 6
ANTH2051 Themes in Anthropology II 6
ANTH2056 Belonging, Identity and Nationalism 6
ANTH2057 Culture and Person 6
ANTH2065 Sex, Gender and Finance 6
ANTH2066 Anthropology of Money: Introduction to Economic Anthropology 6
ANTH2067 Doing Ethnography: Practicum on Applied Anthropology 6
ANTH2128 Media and Modernity 6
ANTH2129 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood 6
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
ANTH2132 Food for Thought: Anthropological theories of food and eating 6
ANTH2133 Social Animals: anthropological perspectives on animal-human relationships 6
ANTH2134 States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives 6
ANTH2135 Vietnam Field School 6-12
ANTH3010 Supervised Research in Anthropology 6
ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia 6
ANTH3016 Indonesia Field School Extension 6
ANTH3017 Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change 6

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

Code Title Units
ARCH3108 Animals, Plants and People 6
  ASIA 3610: Globalising Southeast Asia
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
ASIA2517 Indonesian Studies: Theories and Practice 6
BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis 6
BIAN2064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters 6
BIAN2115 'Race' and Human Genetic Variation 6
BIAN2119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment 6
BIAN2120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics 6
BIAN2126 Primate Evolutionary Biology 6
BIAN2131 Evolutionary Perspectives on Parenting and Childcare 6
BIAN3113 Human Evolution 6
BIAN3124 Evolution and Human Behaviour 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
  PASI 3006: Navigating the Pacific
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