Anthropology is the study of other cultures and our own in order to answer the question of what makes us human. We use diverse theoretical perspectives and research methods from fieldwork to discourse analysis in order to appreciate and understand cultural differences and similarities.

With expertise focused especially in Australia, Asia, and the Pacific, our research and teaching staff at La Trobe reflect this diversity, as do the vibrant range of subjects we offer.

In the first year of study, students are introduced to core anthropological concepts, looking in particular at human cultural interaction and identity, including within the context of contemporary globalization, conflict and social change. In the second and third years, students select from a range of subjects, including in Aboriginal Australia, body and mind, symbols and society, kinship, childhood and youth, popular culture, medical anthropology, humans and animal relations, food and drink, development, and the environment.

With subjects focusing on research methods and applied anthropology, students can acquire a solid grounding for careers in anthropology and related fields, including Native Title, social policy and community development. La Trobe also offers an honors and postgraduate degrees by research.

La Trobe ranks 10th in Australia for Anthropology subjects and in the top 20 in Australia for Development Studies subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). La Trobe also ranks in the top 3 universities in Victoria and ‘at world standard’ for Anthropology research (ERA 2015-2016 assessment).

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Listen to It's Personal - Reflections on a life in Anthropology and Aboriginal Studies, a lecture by delivered by Dr John Morton on his 70th birthday (26 April 2018).

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