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Unit Overview


This unit aims to introduce students to anthropological and sociological perspectives on human engagements with the natural environment. It draws on case material from societies around the world to illustrate a variety of environmental beliefs and practices. The unit familiarises students with the main theoretical currents in environmental anthropology and provides them with a selection of frameworks for thinking about human interactions with nature. It encourages students to think analytically about the values and knowledge that human communities, urban and rural, hold about landscapes, plants and animals. The unit is relevant to students from a range of disciplines including agriculture and the environmental sciences. It provides students with insights into the range of skills and background knowledge necessary for applying anthropological training to environment-related research topics.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) explain key concepts, theories and debates within environmental anthropology and/or sociology with a special focus on climate change and extinctions; (2) discuss key conceptual and methodological innovations in environmental anthropology and/or sociology.; (3) analyse the history of ideas related to the study of local and global environmental issues and related ethical considerations from a comparative, cross-cultural perspective; (4) discuss human-animal and human-environmental relations from a comparative, cross-cultural perspective; and (5) apply these understandings in considered oral and written arguments that draw on theory and ethnography..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quiz; (2) critical reflection; and (3) research proposal and 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
ANTH3701 Environmental Anthropology
Advisable prior study
1st year Anthropology Unit
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • 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.