ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
We live in a multicultural world where there are many ways of 'being human'. At the same time, all people share some experiences in common—all learn, share and communicate beliefs, create and maintain social relationships, adapt to local environments, and make a living through particular modes of production. This unit explores the world's rich diversity of human experience and practice, looking at cross-cultural examples of it in domains such as religion, identity, subsistence, social inequality and communication. It also considers the variety of ways that anthropologists and sociologists conduct their research.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in anthropology and sociology as they relate to humanity, person, society and culture, knowledge and ethics, gender, and race and ethnicity; (2) demonstrate knowledge of anthropology and sociology as academic disciplines; apply anthropological and sociological concepts and theories in ways that enhance understandings of everyday life; (3) demonstrate an ability to critically review, analyse, sumarise and synthesise anthropological and sociological research and theory; (4) demonstrate an ability to write, verbally articulate and present clear, coherent, well-documented arguments, drawing on both theory and empirical or ethnographic material relevant to this unit; 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.).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) research essay; and (3) examination. 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)
Assoc/Prof Richard Vokes and Dr Sean Martin-Iverson
Unit rules
ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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