Anthropology

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Overview

What does it mean to be human? Anthropologists ask and hope to answer this question by studying humanity in the broadest sense. By studying anthropology, you'll analyse the lives of people in a range of societies and gain insights into the science behind human existence – in essence, you’ll understand how we both create and relate to our environment. By doing so, you’ll understand how to work with people in diverse and international settings.

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If you’re looking to extend your studies with an anthropology honours course at Deakin, you’ll be eligible for membership to the Australian Anthropological Society. This recognises your sound understanding of issues, theories and methods associated with anthropology as a social science discipline.

Career opportunities

You can delve into work as an anthropologist once you graduate – studying people and cultural diversity.

You'll explore major problems facing the human population such as warfare, overpopulation and poverty, as well as investigate complex issues in social and cultural life such as religion, family or political systems.

You can find work in many different settings, from large corporations through to fieldwork in communities and on archaeological sites. Other graduates of anthropology who'd like to find broader types of employment can do so in:

  • community relations
  • education 
  • government departments 
  • health
  •  media corporations 
  • research consultancies 
  • welfare organisations.

What do our students and staff say?

Studying anthropology at Deakin University

Dr Roland Kapferer, lecturer of anthropology at Deakin University, discusses this study of human beings and what students will learn, from investigating the likes of kinship, family and gender to ritual, death and globalisation.

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