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ANTH3601 Indigenous Australia

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anthropology and Sociology [not available in 2022] major sequence
  • 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) discuss the key conceptual and methodological innovations within the anthropology of Indigenous Australia; (2) describe some key concepts, theories and debates within the field of Indigenous Australia as it relates to a chosen subfield within this broader area of study; (3) describe some of the many ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have used anthropological research for their community development and/or goals; and (4) engage wider anthropological debates about the individual and society, kinship, religion, property, ecology and/or the economy with respect to Indigenous Australia.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) discussion board contributions and (2) essays. Further information is available in the unit outline.

For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gretchen M Stolte
Unit rules
12 points (Social Science and Humanities) at level 2
Contact hours
Typically up to 3 hours per week
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