• 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. demonstrate understanding of the major dimensions of analysis of societies and cultures (e.g., gender, religion, personhood, identity, violence, emotion, state, nation, globalisation);
  2. demonstrate understanding of both directed and unintended processes of change (e.g., culture and development, applied anthropology);
  3. demonstrate understanding of the interrelation of technique and theory in the recording and describing of cultures (e.g., film); and
  4. demonstrate understanding of the intersection of bio-social and material dimensions of social life.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, of which:

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses


The 48 units must consist of:

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 Spirit Rising: Religious Resurgence in its Local Context 6
ANTH2005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment 6
ANTH2009 Culture and Development 6
ANTH2017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today 6
ANTH2025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
ANTH2026 Medicine, Healing and the Body 6
ANTH2050 Themes in Anthropology 6
ANTH2057 Culture and Person 6
ANTH2067 Doing Ethnography: Practicum on Applied Anthropology 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
ANTH2136 Piracy: Property Wars from the High Seas to Anonymous 6
ANTH2138 Doing Medical Anthropology 6
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
ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development 6
BIAN2015 Human Skeletal Analysis 6
BIAN2064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters 6
BIAN2119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment 6
BIAN2120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics 6
BIAN2126 Primate Evolutionary Biology 6
BIAN2133 Mating and Parenting: Evolutionary Ecology of Human Reproductive Strategies 6
BIAN3113 Human Evolution 6
BIAN3124 Evolution and Human Behaviour 6
BIAN3127 Primate Ecology and Behaviour 6
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
LING2015 Language, Culture, Translation 6
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6
PASI2002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries 6
PASI3013 Environment and Development in the Pacific 6
PASI3001 Politics and Development in the Contemporary Pacific 6
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