Major Overview

Description

Note: this major is only available to re-enrolling students.

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.).

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Courses

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

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
N/A
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
Incompatibility
ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
N/A ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
Incompatibility
ANTH1102 Global Change, Local Responses

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take the following unit:

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANTH2001 Social Thought
Prerequisites
any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility
ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
Degree-specific major units

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANTH2225 Human Futures: Energy, Food and Sustainable Environments
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
level 1 24 points Unit(s)
N/A 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
N/A 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
Successful completion of
level 1 24 points Unit(s)
N/A ANTH2407 Australian Society
Prerequisites
any Level 1 arts unit
Incompatibility
ANTH2219 Australian Society: Facts and Fantasies
N/A ANTH2801 Migrants, Refugees and Travellers: Mobility and Immobility in Transnational Lives
Prerequisites
any Level 1 ANTH unit
Incompatibility
HUMA2236 Refugees and Human Rights
S2 ANTH2902 Entangled Objects
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
level 1 24 points Unit(s)
Incompatibility
ANTH2224 Aboriginal Art: Production of Meaning
S1 ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia
Prerequisites
any Level 1
or Level 2 ASIA, KORE, JAPN, CHIN, INDO, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, ARCY, COMM, LING, ANTH, LAW, VISA, MUSC, SOCS
or POLS unit.
Incompatibility
SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take the following unit:

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANTH3001 Ethnography
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
level 2 24 points Unit(s)
Degree-specific major units

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANTH3401 Engaged Practices
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
level 2 24 points Unit(s)
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 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
S1 ANTH3601 Indigenous Australia
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
level 2 24 points