UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Anthropology and Sociology

Honours in Anthropology and Sociology encourages independent critical thinking and teaches you to investigate social questions empirically. These capacities are critical for making sense of culture, society, everyday life and politics in the contemporary globalised world. You will gain an intercultural understanding through an engagement with cross-cultural analysis and sociocultural difference. There is an emphasis on an understanding of human experience in its social context at various levels—local, regional and global. Globalisation brings about new kinds of interconnection among the world's peoples that can best be understood through local ethnographic realities. At the same time, differences in values, politics, and cultures are accentuated by global interconnection. The focus on human interconnections encourages students to consider areas of shared responsibility and to consider critically the human costs of globalisation. At Honours level you will engage with these issues intensively and experientially through theory, methods and ethics.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in anthropology and sociology; (2) develop cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in anthropology and sociology; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues from an anthropological and sociological perspective; and (4) demonstrate knowledge and technical skills to design and implement an original research project in anthropology and sociology.

Entry requirements: a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Anthropology and Sociology major; or equivalent, as determined by the relevant board

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (48 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus GroupsIncompatibility: ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
S1ANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical FoundationsIncompatibility: ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
S2ANTH4104Knowing Social Realities: Empirical ExplorationsIncompatibility: ANTH7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Anthropology)
S1, S2ANTH4140Dissertation (Anthropology and Sociology) 1None
S1, S2ANTH4141Dissertation (Anthropology and Sociology) 2Prerequisites: ANTH4140 Dissertation (Anthropology and Sociology) 1
S1, S2SOCS4100Honours Research SkillsIncompatibility: COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)