Anthropology Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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On successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

  • apply critical and comparative analytical skills to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social and cultural contexts; and
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected fields and intellectual debates in social and cultural anthropology; and
  • apply an independent and creative approach to knowledge based on an appreciation of interplay between theory and ethnographic inquiry; and
  • articulate the relationship between diverse and contested forms of knowledge and practice and the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them; and
  • communicate effectively in a variety of written and oral formats; and
  • act as intellectually informed and ethically aware participants within a community of scholars, as citizens and in the workforce; and
  • collaborate effectively in groups to meet a shared goal with people whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds may differ from their own; and
  • work with independence, self-reflection and an appreciation of cultural diversity to meet goals and challenges in the workplace and personal life.

Course Description

Offered by the School of Social and Political Sciences

Anthropology is the study of the many societies and cultures of the world and their complex interactions. Anthropology's global scope is complemented by a local focus, and a unique perspective gained by participation in the daily life and language of the communities studied.

Contemporary social anthropology asks broad and detailed questions about what it means to be human in a globalised world, and lets you reflect on yourself and others.


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  • Sociology
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