Sub-major - Anthropology

Western Sydney University Sub-major Code: SM1131.1

This version of the specialisation is available to new and continuing students.

Related Courses

1667.4 Bachelor of Social Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : YES, if the specialisation is available on your Home campus. Please ensure your course structure allows space for enrolment in the units in this unit set. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Course Advisor for further advice.

Social Anthropology is the study of humans and the cultures they create. The sub-major in Anthropology within the Bachelor of Social Science 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 sub-major 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.


Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Liverpool Campus Internal Associate Professor Mary Hawkins
Penrith Campus Internal Associate Professor Mary Hawkins

Sub-major Structure

Students must successfully complete 40 credit points from the units below.

Students must complete the following compulsory unit:

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

And choose three of

102347 Anthropologies of the Everyday
102346 Ethnographies of Southeast Asia and the Pacific
102345 Global Structures, Local Cultures
101612 Identity and Belonging
101905 Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective
102348 Power as a Cultural System
102349 The Anthropologies of Gender and Sexualities

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