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Unit Overview


We live in an increasingly multi-cultural 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 their 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 conduct their research.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Anthropology major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in anthropology as they relate to society and culture, including in key areas such as: religion and ritual, politics, kinship and land rights, personhood, and ecology and environment.; (2) acquire knowledge of anthropology as an academic discipline; apply anthropological concepts and theories in ways that enhance understandings of Australia, and societies around the world; (3) learn how to critically review, analyse, summarise and synthesise anthropological and research and theory; (4) develop and practice 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 ideas, principles and knowledge.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) knowledge assessment; (2) presentation; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Adam Keen
Unit rules
ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.