ASS204 - Doing Urban Anthropology


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

 1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This Unit allows students to practice “doing anthropology” — using ethnographic research methods to explore anthropological questions in their own urbanised contexts. They will design and carry out fieldwork projects incorporating: participant observation, fieldnotes, interview techniques, audiovisual documentation, surveys, data analysis (both traditional and digital), and ethnographic writing and communication in traditional and emerging media.

The Unit applies these methods to contemporary, cosmopolitan issues at work in students’ own “backyards”, developing anthropological and interdisciplinary frameworks to explore the sociocultural, political, and economic dynamics that shape our everyday lives and urban environments. This unit will therefore explore questions such as: How do global forces remake local places? How is culture reflected in urban space? What social relations make a city? What flows of people and things make up global economies? Who becomes empowered or vulnerable in the process? And what forms of agency do people create in their cities and neighbourhoods?

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