ANTH2406 Society, Law and Politics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Anthropology and Sociology; Criminology major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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 participation; (2) essay; and (3) report. 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)
Dr Glenn Savage
Unit rules
any Level 1 ANTH unit
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
ANTH2218 Legal Anthropology
Contact hours
Tutorials: 12 x 2 hrs
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  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.