ant3cae culture and environment




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Environmental issues such as climate change, consumption, globalisation and conserving biodiversity are of growing importance and interest to people around the world. Considering the diversity of human environmental knowledges, beliefs and behaviours, anthropology has an important contribution to make in understanding these issues in terms of theory, empirical research and proposed solutions. Drawing on a range of ethnographic case studies from industrial, rural and small scale societies to illustrate the diversity of human responses to environmental change this subject familiarises students with the main theoretical currents in environmental anthropology and provides them with a selection of anthropological frameworks for thinking about human - environment interactions.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjects ANT2CAE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Human values and behaviours in relation to environmental issues are global phenomena and the class and tutorial discussions, as well as the essays, will explore this aspect of environmental anthropology.

02. Apply ethical and cultural awareness of issues in Anthropology

Both the essays and the class and tutorial discussion will give students ample opportunity to explore the ethical dimensions of human environmental values and behaviours.

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

The class and tutorial discussion including the group based presentation will encourage debate around diverse positions and arguments, which will feed into the writing of the minor and major essays.

04. Critically evaluate research and arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology

The literature reviews and secondary source research for the major and minor essay will require critical evaluation of work on a relevant topic.

05. Present a sustained complex written argument in Anthropology

The major essay will give 3rd year students the opportunity to present a sustained complex written argument.

06. Produce an original, well researched response to a relevant topic in Anthropology

The Major Essay will give 3rd year students the space in which to produce well resolved written research in line with this ILO.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Group based oral presentation (500 word equivalent)2003, 04, 05, 06
Major essay: 2500 words5001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Online quizzes (1,000-word equivalent)3001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06