UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Callum Morich

I studied Anthropology and Sociology as a broadening unit and it didn't take long before I pursued it as my primary major. It's a challenging subject that often encourages you to think about complex issues from multiple perspectives. As part of my degree I've worked as a research assistant in the native title sector and on a collaborative project gathering oral histories from the Carrolup Mission.

Anthropology and Sociology major

Anthropology and Sociology is the fascinating study of the nature of humanity itself along with the complexities of human social relationships. This major incorporates the study of the cultures, institutions, social behaviours, economies and systems of meaning of all human societies. It includes the topics of religions, politics, kinship, gender, education, health, migration, landscapes and the media. Students investigate various cultural theories and a range of studies on behaviours and beliefs that are used to explore the great diversity of past and present societies. Your study furthers your understanding of your place in the world and results in useful skills for living and working in a changing, multicultural society. Anthropology and Sociology studied together in this major offers a way of understanding the whole context of human experiences.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in anthropology and sociology including cultural diversity, social inequality, the nature of social relationships and institutions, systems of symbolic meaning, and processes that underpin social and cultural change; (2) demonstrate knowledge of anthropology and sociology as academic disciplines in historical context including principal concepts and theories; (3) demonstrate an ability to critically review, analyse, summarize and synthesize anthropological and sociological research and theory; (4) demonstrate an ability to formulate, investigate and discuss anthropologically and sociologically informed research questions and develop arguments based on a critical evaluation of evidence; and (5) demonstrate an ability to communicate anthropological and sociological ideas, principles and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of formats (written, oral, visual etc.).

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Anthropology and Sociology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Anthropology and Sociology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society Incompatibility: ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
S2 ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses Incompatibility: ANTH1102 Global Change, Local Responses

Level 2

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ANTH2001 Social Thought Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 ANTH2401 Constructing Cultures Through Media Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2204 Visual Representations of Cultures, ANTH2239 Anthropology of Media
N/A ANTH2402 Religion in Society Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2203 Religion
S2 ANTH2405 Sex, Gender and Social Life Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit or GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: ANTH2217 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
S2 ANTH2406 Society, Law and Politics Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2218 Legal Anthropology
N/A ANTH2407 Australian Society Prerequisites: any level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2219 Australian Society: Facts and Fantasies
S1, NS ANTH2702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia Prerequisites: a Level 1 ANTH or ASIA unit or ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
Incompatibility: SOCS2220 Environmental Issues in Asia
S1 ANTH2801 Refugees, Human Rights, Violence and Fear Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: HUMA2236 Refugees and Human Rights
S2 ANTH2902 Aboriginal Art and Society Prerequisites: any Level 1 Arts unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2224 Aboriginal Art: Production of Meaning
NS ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH, ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE or INDO unit
Incompatibility: SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

Level 3

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 ANTH3001 Ethnography: Methodological Perspectives Prerequisites: ANTH2001 Social Thought or ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ANTH3401 Engaged Anthropology Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2209 Applied Anthropology
N/A ANTH3402 Contemporary Social Thought Prerequisites: ANTH2001 Social Thought or ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Incompatibility: ANTH2220 Contemporary Social Thought
N/A ANTH3413 Social Meaning of Money Prerequisites: any Level 1 Anthropology unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2205 The Social Meaning of Money
S1 ANTH3501 Mind, Body, Culture Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit; any first year psychology unit.
Incompatibility: ANTH2228 Health and Illness in Australian Society, ANTH2408 Psychological Anthropology
N/A ANTH3601 Indigenous Australia Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit
N/A ANTH3602 The Social Worlds of the Indo-Pacific Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
N/A ANTH3701 Environment, Landscape and Place Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2238 Environmental Anthropology
S2 ANTH3801 Migration, Mobilities, Belonging Prerequisites: any level 2 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2211 Cities, Culture and Globalisation

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Anthropology and Sociology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-ANTSC (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Anthropology and Sociology degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-ANTSC-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Anthropology and Sociology can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Anthropology and Sociology can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Anthropology and Sociology second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society Incompatibility: ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
S2 ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses Incompatibility: ANTH1102 Global Change, Local Responses

Level 2

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ANTH2001 Social Thought Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 ANTH2401 Constructing Cultures Through Media Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2204 Visual Representations of Cultures, ANTH2239 Anthropology of Media
N/A ANTH2402 Religion in Society Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2203 Religion
S2 ANTH2405 Sex, Gender and Social Life Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit or GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: ANTH2217 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
S2 ANTH2406 Society, Law and Politics Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2218 Legal Anthropology
N/A ANTH2407 Australian Society Prerequisites: any level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2219 Australian Society: Facts and Fantasies
S1, NS ANTH2702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia Prerequisites: a Level 1 ANTH or ASIA unit or ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
Incompatibility: SOCS2220 Environmental Issues in Asia
S1 ANTH2801 Refugees, Human Rights, Violence and Fear Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: HUMA2236 Refugees and Human Rights
S2 ANTH2902 Aboriginal Art and Society Prerequisites: any Level 1 Arts unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2224 Aboriginal Art: Production of Meaning
NS ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH, ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE or INDO unit
Incompatibility: SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

Level 3

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 ANTH3001 Ethnography: Methodological Perspectives Prerequisites: ANTH2001 Social Thought or ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 ANTH3401 Engaged Anthropology Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2209 Applied Anthropology
N/A ANTH3402 Contemporary Social Thought Prerequisites: ANTH2001 Social Thought or ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Incompatibility: ANTH2220 Contemporary Social Thought
N/A ANTH3413 Social Meaning of Money Prerequisites: any Level 1 Anthropology unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2205 The Social Meaning of Money
S1 ANTH3501 Mind, Body, Culture Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit; any first year psychology unit.
Incompatibility: ANTH2228 Health and Illness in Australian Society, ANTH2408 Psychological Anthropology
N/A ANTH3601 Indigenous Australia Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit
N/A ANTH3602 The Social Worlds of the Indo-Pacific Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit
N/A ANTH3701 Environment, Landscape and Place Prerequisites: any Level 2 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2238 Environmental Anthropology
S2 ANTH3801 Migration, Mobilities, Belonging Prerequisites: any level 2 ANTH unit
Incompatibility: ANTH2211 Cities, Culture and Globalisation

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Anthropology and Sociology can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-ANTSC (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Anthropology and Sociology can also be taken as a degree-specific major.