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Unit Overview


What does globalisation mean at local levels? In the face of so much 'progress', why are many people still so poor and others so rich? This unit explores how people's lives have been transformed by colonialism, economic development and globalisation. Focusing particularly on Australia and our region, it examines various social science perspectives on inequality, migration, urbanisation, work, modernisation, globalisation, culture, communication and the environment.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) knowledge: demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in anthropology and sociology especially the relationship between globalisation and cultural diversity, social inequality, the nature of social relationships and institutions, the processes that underpin social and cultural change; (2) knowledge: demonstrate knowledge of anthropology and sociology as academic disciplines in historical context including principle concepts and theories, particularly those pertaining to colonialism, development, migration, modernisation, urbanisation, globalisation/transnationalism; (3) skill: demonstrate an ability to critically review, analyse, sumarize and synthesise anthropological and sociological research and theory focused on global change; (4) skill: demonstrate an ability to write, verbally articulate and present clear, coherent, well-documented arguments, drawing on both theory and empirical material relevant to this unit; and (5) engagement: demonstrate an ability to communicate anthropological and sociological ideas, principles and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of formats, particularly oral and written forms.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quiz; (2) presentation and written response; and (3) final 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
ANTH1102 Global Change, Local Responses
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week
LCS (Lecture Capture System) recordings are intended to supplement, but not replace, attendance at scheduled class activities.
  • 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.