Honours Overview


Honours in Anthropology 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.


Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in anthropology; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in anthropology; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in anthropology; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project in anthropology, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Anthropology and Sociology major, the Anthropology major, or equivalent as determined by UWA

Intake periods

Beginning of year only


Honours in Anthropology can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period

See the School of Social Sciences Honours Handbook for details on semester study patterns.

Take all units (42 points): 2021 mid year commencing students refer to refer to the 2021 handbook.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NSANTH4103Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
NSARCY4102Archaeologists and Anthropologists at Work
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
NSPOLS5688The Evolution of International Society
POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
NSSOCS4100Social Sciences Research Skills
Enrolment in
any Honours Programme
or a Masters dissertation project.
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1SOCS4140Honours Dissertation 1None
S2SOCS4141Honours Dissertation 2
Successful completion of
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1