ant2apa applied anthropology




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we examine the ways in which anthropology is used in a number of practical contexts outside of universities. Students will be provided with an overview of the relevance and application of anthropological research to particular arenas, such as cultural heritage management, community development, the environment, social impact assessment, education, health, land rights, migration, Indigenous affairs and the performance of expert witness duties in courts or tribunals. These matters will be illustrated by examples of applied anthropological research methodology in various countries, with particular emphasis on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaymond Madden

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjects ANT3APA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsApplied Anthropology in AustralasiaPreliminaryToussaint, S and Taylor, J (eds) 1999UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply an anthropological perspective to local and global issues.

Applied anthropology is global practice that is constantly engaged with both local and global social problems. 2nd year students will be given a solid appreciation of these dimensions of applied anthropology in order to apply then in their writing.

02. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to issues in anthropology.

The essay, class test and the class and seminar discussion will give students ample opportunity to explore the ethical dimensions of applied anthropology.

03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments regarding a relevant topic in Anthropology.

The class and seminar discussion will encourage debate around diverse positions and arguments, which will feed into writing the major essays and answering the class test.

04. Present a sustained written argument in Anthropology.

The major essay will give 2nd yr students the opportunity to present a sustained written argument.

05. Produce a well researched response to a relevant topic in Anthropology.

The major essay will give 2nd yr students the space in which to produce written research in line with this ILO.

06. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology.

The literature reviews and secondary source research for the major essay and the semester review for the class test will require students to summarise work on a relevant topic.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaymond Madden

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1-hour class test (1,000-word equivalent)2501, 02, 03, 06
one 3,000-word essay7501, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06