ANTH3601 Indigenous Australia

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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) participatory activities; (2) research essay; and (3) in-class assessment. 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 Richard Davis
Unit rules
any Level 2 ANTH unit
Contact hours
Typically up to 3 hours per week
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