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Anthropology - unit set code MJ-A000007

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)


Anthropology is the study of the lives of people in a range of societies. This major sequence investigates kinship and family; gender; economic and political anthropology; work and consumption; religion, ritual and witchcraft; person, society and cosmos; death; the impact of and problems caused by expanding European nations on the peoples of Africa and the Pacific; globalisation; processes of change in the Third World; international tourism; festivals; medical anthropology; communal conflict; ethnicity; international migration and doing fieldwork.

On successful completion of the Anthropology major sequence, students should have the following skills:

  • a detailed understanding of cultural diversity
  • an appreciation of the full array of globalising forces at work in the contemporary world
  • an ability to reflexively relate the cultural realities of other societies to their own social experience
  • an informed and refined critical consciousness in regard to social life.

Level 1
Trimester 1

ASS101 Peoples of the World  

Trimester 2

ASS102 Culture and Communication  


Select 6 credit points, including at least 2 credit points at level 2 and at least 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:

Level 2 and 3
Trimester 1

ASS205 Anthropology of Poverty and Development  

ASS329 Anthropology of Crime and Violence  

ASS233 Myth and Ritual  

Trimester 2


ASS206 Medical Anthropology  

ASS234 10 Billion People: Environmental Anthropology  

ASS330 Cyborg Anthropology  

Note:  In 2015, ASS101, ASS102,ASS233 and ASS206 are also offered at Burwood (Melbourne). Further Anthropology units will be offered in 2016 subject to School approvals.

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8th June 2007