ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is 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
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.
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) research essay; (2) tutorial preparation and participation; 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 Martin Forsey
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.
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