ANTH3401 Engaged Anthropology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit explores the application of anthropological and sociological expertise to pressing social issues. Specific topics change yearly and reflect staff expertise on topics including (but not limited to) native title, cultural heritage, development, environmental conservation, migration, education and global health. Through the unit students develop analytical and practical skills to transfer academic knowledge to contemporary issues faced by citizens living in an increasingly globalised world.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key conceptual and methodological innovations in the fields of applied anthropology and sociology; (2) demonstrate knowledge of history of ideas and practice related to advocacy and ethics in the social sciences, with a particular focus on engaged/applied anthropology/sociology; (3) demonstrate an ability to engage with, critique and understand the ways that policy or law is informed by implicit theories of society; (4) demonstrate an ability to understand, investigate and discuss the nature of applied social sciences; and (5) develop a written and oral capacity to present clear, lucid, well-documented arguments, drawing on both theory and empirical or ethnographic material relevant to this unit in a collegial manner and setting.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation and preparation; (2) mid-semester assessment; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Rita Armstrong
Unit rules
any Level 2 ANTH unit
ANTH2209 Applied Anthropology
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.