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Unit Overview


This unit examines key debates that have shaped the anthropology of Aboriginal Australia such as those concerning colonisation, kinship and social organisation, religion, local organisation, 'tradition', politics, and ecology and economy. In examining this material, students become acquainted with the significant place Aboriginal Australia occupies in the history and development of anthropological thought.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the key conceptual and methodological innovations in a contemporary subfield within anthropology/sociology; (2) describe the key concepts, theories and debates within the field of Indigenous Australia; (3) be familiar with many of the ways in which anthropologists have looked to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders to shed light on fundamental aspects of the human condition; and (4) be familiar with how these relate to wider anthropological debates about the individual and society, kinship, religion, property, ecology and the economy, as well as to issues confronting Indigenous Australian societies today.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) oral presentation; and (3) written work. 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)
Assistant Professor Richard Davis
Unit rules
any level 1 Anthropology unit
ANTH2208 Indigenous Australia: Anthropological Perspectives
Contact hours
up to 3 contact hours per teaching week
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