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Unit Overview


This unit examines the dynamics of power, governance and resistance by adopting sociological and anthropological approaches to the study of society, law and politics. Students examine a range of topics in Australia and internationally, including case-studies of legislation and policies in areas such as school funding, immunisation and ‘pill testing' of illicit drugs. Students will also examine the broader politics of influence, ranging from the power of think tanks and philanthropic organisations in seeking to steer the direction of policy and legislation, through to case-studies of citizen resistance movements

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Anthropology major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Criminology and Criminal Justice major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key theories and concepts in sociology and anthropology relating to the study of society, politics and law, and interrelationships between these realms; (2) demonstrate knowledge of major debates in sociology and anthropology and how these relate to contemporary and recent historical case-studies of legislation, policy and politics; (3) synthesise and critically review sociological and anthropological research literature relating to the interrelated dynamics of society, law and politics; (4) formulate, investigate and discuss sociologically and anthropologically informed research questions and develop arguments based on a critical evaluation of evidence; and (5) communicate sociological and anthropological ideas and knowledge using a range of formats (e.g. written, oral and visual).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial activities; (2) short essay; and (3) formal report. 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
Successful completion of
level 1 24 points Unit(s)
Contact hours
Workshops: 12 x 2 hrs
  • 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.