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 people's common humanity as well as the extraordinary cultural and social diversity found around the globe. Its distinctive methodology, based on intense, long-term participation in people's daily lives, allows for ideas to develop out of local experience and knowledge.

Key features of the program

  • Ranked 23th in the world for Anthropology (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • Taught by leading academics with field experience around the globe
  • The only Anthropology program in Australia that has an exchange agreement with the London School of Economics (LSE), where one of the United Kingdom's leading Anthropology departments is located

Course description

The Anthropology major explores the diverse ways people interact, organise their relationships, and find meaning in their lives. You will learn about: different beliefs and religious practices; the growth of consumption and commodification; ideas about the body; ethnic and national identity; sources of power and influence; the future of work; and constructions of nature, sex, family and gender.

The course also encourages you to gain an understanding of anthropology through practice, learning how to ask questions and seek answers as anthropologists do through the opportunity to design and undertake observational and ethnographic projects.

Career outcomes

Studying Anthropology provides critical skills for understanding and engaging with diversity. Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields, including: health care, teaching, law, politics and policymaking, social and market research, journalism, aid agencies, and conservation agencies.  In a world where people, things and ideas are increasingly mobile, an ability to make sense of and work with cultural differences is demanded by governments, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and other employers. The value of anthropology is increasingly being recognised in the wider knowledge economy.

Upon successful completion of the major, you will be able to:

  • Identify, analyse and resolve problems in complex social and cultural contexts
  • Understand the interplay between theory and ethnographic inquiry
  • Collaborate in groups to meet a shared goal with people from different backgrounds
  • Work with independence, self-reflection and an appreciation of cultural diversity to meet goals and challenges in the workplace
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of selected fields and intellectual debates in social and cultural anthropology

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