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Bachelor of Anthropology

Approved Abbreviation: BAnth


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1790.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089197B


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Social Anthropology is the study of humans and the cultures they create. The Bachelor of Anthropology offers students the opportunity to examine social patterns and practices across cultures, to discover similarities and differences between cultures, and to understand the processes by which humans organise and create meaning. Areas of focus include the development of anthropology as a discipline; globalisation and culture; power and politics; gender and sexuality; identity and belonging; ethnography and ethnographic methods; indigenous peoples and nation states. Specific attention is given to cultures of Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and to cross cultural interactions, at both global and local levels. The degree seeks to equip students with multi-cultural knowledge as well as to provide a thorough grounding in research methods and ethics with utility in a variety of professional and academic contexts. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their anthropological knowledge and practice through a semester long field and study experience, based either overseas or in Australia. The international placement opportunity requires students to obtain a medical clearance, and a Working With Children Check for certain organisations.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Liverpool CampusFull TimeInternalIrena Veljanova
Liverpool CampusPart TimeInternalIrena Veljanova
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalHelena Onnudottir

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Alternate Entry Pathway

Students attending the HSC Geography Enrichment Day, or the Society and Culture Enrichment Day, who sit and pass the invigilated test may receive a conditional offer, full offer subject to achieving minimum Western Sydney University ATAR standard

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students will need to complete a Working with Children Check and obtain medical clearance to enrol in unit 102724 Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

102344Different Ways of Being in the World: Introduction to Social Anthropology
101551Understanding Society
101557The Individual in Society

And one elective

Spring session

102345Global Structures, Local Cultures
102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

102346Ethnographies of Southeast Asia and the Pacific
101612Identity and Belonging
400337Social Research Methods

And one elective

Spring session

102347Anthropologies of the Everyday
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

And two electives

Year 3

Autumn session

102348Power as a Cultural System
102349The Anthropologies of Gender and Sexualities

And two electives

2H session

102723Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement
102724Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement

Summer A session

102725Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections

Alternate Year 3

Note: Students who choose not to undertake the field/study experience or who do not wish to undertake the three International Placement units, would articulate into the Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) at the commencement of their third year and complete BSS requirements with a major in Anthropology.

Alternate Year 3

Autumn session

102348Power as a Cultural System
102349The Anthropologies of Gender and Sexualities
101552Applied Social Research

And one elective

Spring session

101905Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

And two electives

Recommended Sequence: Mid-year Entry (Spring)

Year 1

Spring session

102345Global Structures, Local Cultures
102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities

Summer Session

102344Different Ways of Being in the World: Introduction to Social Anthropology

Autumn session

102346Ethnographies of Southeast Asia and the Pacific
101612Identity and Belonging
400337Social Research Methods
101551Understanding Society

Year 2

Spring session

102347Anthropologies of the Everyday
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

And two electives

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society

And three electives

Year 3

2H session

102723Social Sciences International Placement (1): Preparation for Placement
102724Social Sciences International Placement (II): Placement

Summer A session

102725Social Sciences International Placement (III): Post-placement Reflections

Autumn session

102348Power as a Cultural System
102349The Anthropologies of Gender and Sexualities

And two electives

Alternate Year 3

Note: Students who choose not to undertake the field/study experience or who do not wish to undertake the three International Placement units, would articulate into the Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) at the commencement of their third year and complete BSS requirements with a major in Anthropology.

Alternate Year 3

Spring session

101905Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

And two electives

Autumn session

102348Power as a Cultural System
102349The Anthropologies of Gender and Sexualities
101552Applied Social Research

And one elective

Equivalent Core Units

The unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2018 or earlier.

102174 - Social Sciences International Placement

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Global Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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