ANTH3701 Environment, Landscape and Place

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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 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 perspectives for thinking about human interactions with the environment. 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 some insights into the range of skills and background knowledge necessary for applying their anthropological training to environment-related research topics. It encourages students to think about career options, professional development and transferable skills while also providing a theoretical grounding in environmental anthropology and/or sociology.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key conceptual issues in the fields of environmental anthropology and/or sociology with a special focus on landscape and place; (2) demonstrate knowledge of ideas related to the study of local and global environmental issues and related ethical considerations; (3) demonstrate an ability to engage with, critique and understand theoretical approaches used by social scientists to study human–environment interactions; (4) demonstrate an ability to understand, investigate and discuss the application of environmental anthropology and/or sociology; 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) lectorial participation; (2) assignments; and (3) in-class exercise. 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)
Assistant Professor Mitchell Low
Unit rules
any Level 2 ANTH unit
ANTH2238 Environmental Anthropology
Contact hours
lectorials (combined lecture/tutorial/workshop format) 30 hours
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