• Class Number 4720
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rebecca Cross
    • Dr Rebecca Cross
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

Anthropology is the study of human cultures, in all their breadth, depth and range. This range of study positions anthropology as a very broad discipline but it is equally a specialist one: anthropologists seek to generate a disciplinary-specific knoweldge about human beings that goes beyond the taken for granted. A key practice of anthropology is ethnography. Ethnographic information is collected over long periods of time, among the people the anthropologist wants to study. On the basis of long-term and in-depth engagement, anthropologists are able to arrive at very specific cultural understandings of the world, which differ from conventional, assumed and even stereotypical or ethnocentric understandings. In the world we live in today, generating understandings of people that take account of the equal but different ways in which people live in the world is more crucial than ever. In this course, we will look at the distinctive ways in which anthropologists generate knowledge of human societies. Students will also have opportunity to learn how to apply anthropological understanding and ethnographic techniques in a hands-on way to their immediate circumstances: the culture of the University. In a supportive and exciting research-based teaching environment, students will become budding researchers in the culture they have just arrived in, and will take these new experiences for anthropological analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. develop in students in and through lectures and reading: an appreciation of the extent of cultural variation and social difference in the modern world; an appreciation of the interpretive strengths of social anthropology in the study of contemporary cultures; a basic understanding of the major theories, debates and core practices of the discipline;
  2. develop in students in and through participation in ethnographic practice: a sense of the importance of extended residence in, and close acquaintance with, other cultures in order to understand them; an appreciation of the practical application of anthropological methods; a capacity to gather relevant information using ethnographic methods;
  3. develop in students in and through research workshops (dedicated tutorials) an appreciation of the relevance of specific anthropological theories to particular ethnographic information (gathered of the university); and
  4. develop and hone in students in and through all levels of course participation: a research imagination and an enthusiasm for research; to welcome students into the research environment of the university as budding researchers.

Field Trips

There will not be an field trips or excursions.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional costs expected to be incurred.

Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All materials will be made available on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course structure and assessment and introduction to Anthropology.
2 What is distinctive about anthropology? Introducing the key concerns of anthropology anf the underpinnings of the discipline - what can we use anthropology to explore?
3 Doing anthropology Applying anthropological methods: being there, taking note. Taking ethnographic field notes, doing life history interviews. How do anthropologists do anthropology?
4 Ceremonies, performances, public events, rituals. Anthropology of death. Why would anthropologists look at public events, ceremonies and rituals? How do anthropologists look at death?
5 Kinship Introduction to kinship; why kinship used to be important in anthropology, and why it is now, and some basics in kinship.
6 Ethics in Anthropological Research
7 Anthropology of Food Understanding food taboos and investigating networks of power
8 Understanding essay writing, referencing, and academic integrity Field notes due, 11:55pm April 26th
9 Anthropology and Animals Using the lens of the animal to think about anthropology. Challenging heteronormative assumptions of animals and reflecting on what this means for assumptions of human nature.
10 Consumption and the Anthropology of Things Introduction to the Anthropology of Things, and looking at why we need to look at material life.
11 Medicine, Public Health, and Anthropology An anthropological gaze at obesity, smoking, drinking - and more.
12 Power, Institutions, and Sex Thinking about agency, culture, self, and other Kinship Diagram due. 11:55pm May 24th
13 Humans and the Environment What id the relationship between humans and the natural environment?
14 Place and Personhood How do people construct personhood in relation to their homes?
15 Anthropology anf Tourism What exactly is tourism? How and why do people engage in it? What does it do for people in toured locations? Essay due. 11:55pm, Jube 14th

Tutorial Registration

Students will be allocated to their tutorials

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Participation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Fieldnotes 20 % 26/04/2019 10/05/2019 1,2,3,4
Kinship Diagram 30 % 24/05/2019 07/06/2019 1,2,3,4
Essay 40 % 14/06/2019 21/06/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are required to attend all lectures and tutorials. Tutorial participation will be assessed by student’s engagement with course readings and ability to communicate their ideas with peers and the tutor during tutorials.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Tutorial Participation

Students will be assessed on their participation and engagement with readings and lectures in tutorials.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 10/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


 Students will reflect on the process of taking fieldnotes (where, how long, who), reflect on the process of taking fieldnotes compared with pure observation, reflect on the social practices that were observed and the themes and ideas that emerge from the fieldnotes, and relate the fieldnotes to the lecture content on taking fieldnotes.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 24/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Kinship Diagram

Students will construct a kinship diagram, with further information to provided including how to construct one throughout the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 14/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Students will write a 1500 word essay that will conform to anthropological and academic standards. Students will select a question 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Students work will be returned via Turn It In.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may resubmit with permission from the lecturer and course convenor. A prior approval is not precedent for future approvals.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Rebecca Cross

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Dr Rebecca Cross

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Wednesday By Appointment
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Dr Rebecca Cross

Research Interests

Dr Rebecca Cross

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Wednesday By Appointment
Friday By Appointment
By Appointment

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