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

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

  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 the completion of the following course(s):

ANTH1002 - Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology (6 units)

ANTH1003 - Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality (6 units)

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

ANTH2005 - Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment (6 units)

ANTH2009 - Culture and Development (6 units)

ANTH2017 - Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today (6 units)

ANTH2025 - Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (6 units)

ANTH2026 - Medicine, Healing and the Body (6 units)

ANTH2129 - Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood (6 units)

ANTH2130 - Violence and Terror (6 units)

ANTH2132 - Food for Thought: Anthropological theories of food and Eating (6 units)

ANTH2134 - States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives (6 units)

ANTH3010 - Supervised Research in Anthropology (6 units)

ANTH3014 - Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia (6 units)

ANTH3016 - Indonesia Field School Extension (6 units)

ANTH3059 - Doing Ethnography: Practicum on Applied Anthropology (6 units)

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

ARCH3108 - Animal and Plant Domestication (6 units)

ASIA2516 - Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development (6 units)

BIAN2015 - Human Skeletal Analysis (6 units)

BIAN2064 - Anthropology of Environmental Disasters (6 units)

BIAN2119 - Nutrition, Disease and the Environment (6 units)

BIAN3113 - Human Evolution (6 units)

BIAN3124 - Evolution and Human Behaviour (6 units)

BIAN3127 - Primate Behaviour and Conservation (6 units)

ENVS2017 - Vietnam Field School (12 units)

LING2015 - Language, Culture, Translation (6 units)

PASI2001 - Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World (6 units)

PASI2002 - Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries (6 units)

PASI3001 - Politics and Development in the Contemporary Pacific (6 units)

PASI3013 - Environment and Development in the Pacific (6 units)

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