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Unit Overview


This unit explores the application of anthropological expertise to pressing social issues and real-world environments. Frameworks include applied anthropology, development studies, and human rights studies as a way of understanding the impacts of community-oriented research. Specific topics include native title, cultural heritage, museum collections research, community development, environmental conservation, migration and mobility, education and health. Through the unit, students develop analytical and practical skills to transfer academic knowledge to contemporary issues in community building in an increasingly globalised world."

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Anthropology major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Social and Environmental Sustainability major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key conceptual and methodological innovations in the fields of applied anthropology; (2) build knowledge of history of ideas and practice related to advocacy and ethics in the social sciences, with a particular focus on engaged/applied anthropology; (3) build an ability to engage with, critique and understand the ways that policy or law is informed by implicit theories of society; (4) demonstrate an ability to understand, investigate and discuss the nature of applied social sciences; and (5) develop a written and oral capacity to present clear, lucid, well-documented arguments, drawing on both theory and empirical or ethnographic material relevant to this unit in a collegial manner and setting.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial activities; (2) policy analysis; and (3) research paper. 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)
Dr Gretchen M Stolte
Unit rules
Successful completion of
level 2 24 points Unit(s)
ANTH2209 Applied Anthropology
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week, plus out of class field trip
  • 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.