• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Biological Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Caroline Schuster
    • Dr Fouzieyha Towghi
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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The ANU is a portal into the wider world—as societies become ever more interconnected, it is vital understand the complex cultural dynamics that grip our lives at home and around the globe. Anthropology offers a set of methodological tools and theoretically informed questions to understand how culture is represented and made meaningful in the world today. This course on applied anthropology will explore those methods. In short, we ask what it means to be an ethnographer beyond the lecture halls of the university? What does ethnography have to offer non-profits, advocacy groups, government agencies, design teams and corporations? How to be an applied anthropologist? This course is a practicum that will offer students the opportunity to answer these questions through hands-on projects. Over the course of the semester we will survey and apply a broad range of anthropological methods. This course is structured as a practicum, emphasizing learning by doing. Each student will follow one project for the whole semester. Tutorial will involve sharing, debating, and brainstorming applied anthropology in real world contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and explain the history and significance of ethnography within anthropological research methods;
  2. define an object of study and formulate research questions related to an applied hands-on internship over the course of the semester;
  3. design and apply anthropological research methods related to a specific site or social context; and
  4. identify communities of engagement, evaluate findings and explain them to the community.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1]
  2. Midterm quiz (10) [LO 1]
  3. 3 Applied projects (15% each, 1,000 words each) (45) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Report for communities of engagement (1,000 words) (20) [LO 3,4]
  5. Individual reflective essay (1,500 words) (15) [LO 2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of practicals; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH2067 or ANTH6068.

Prescribed Texts

Readings for the course will include selected book chapters and articles from methodology handbooks, anthropological research articles, journalism, and guides to


Assumed Knowledge

Recommended introductory course ANTH1002


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7583 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online or In Person View

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