• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Development Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Annika Lems
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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This course introduces students to key concepts and debates in the discipline of anthropology, ranging from ritual, totems, kinship, and personhood to the nature/culture distinction and postcolonial critique. The course takes a multi-modal approach, familiarising students with some of the discipline's classic texts, films and sites of ethnographic engagement. We’ll seek to understand these foundational works within their historical contexts, as well as critically reappraising their position in 21st century anthropology. 

ANTH1003 aims to help students develop their skills around reading challenging scholarly texts, writing anthropological essays, and undertaking independent research. The course emphasises active student engagement in all aspects of our classwork and makes extensive use of group work to encourage peer learning and fun social interaction within the weekly workshops. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain and critique key concepts in anthropology, and deploy them to produce novel analyses in oral and written form; 
  2. read and comprehend challenging anthropological texts independently;
  3. comprehend anthropology multi-modally;
  4. produce well-researched, logically structured and critical anthropological essays; and
  5. co-operate with fellow students and promote effective peer learning, mutual respect, and ability to use diversity within the team as a resource. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Self-assessment of class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Reading prep (15) [LO 2]
  3. Quiz (30) [LO 2,3]
  4. Academic Skills session on how to write the ANTH1003 essay (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Essay 1500 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of workshops over 12 weeks;

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 ANTH6003.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
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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
8451 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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