Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In our rapidly changing world a stunning diversity of rituals and spiritual beliefs coexist with mobile phones, driverless cars, transnational travel and rapid urbanisation. Anthropology explores the vast range of human possibilities and our complex relationships with transforming habitats and environments. In this subject fascinating case studies from around the world form a basis for understanding how and why people develop and express their cultural identities. Students explore the relevance of anthropology in helping make sense of the many cultural contexts and problems that define humanity today. As well as developing an informed and critical outlook on their own social worlds, students will gain skills relevant to multicultural and global contexts. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognize the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries, and work with diverse communities now and in the future. This subject is suitable as an elective for all students..

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMakiko Nishitani

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEssay, tutorial exercises and quizzes

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply a critical anthropological perspective to global issues and problems
02. Apply knowledge of anthropological issues to solve problems
03. Evaluate literature relevant to a topic in anthropology
04. Participate in group discussions about anthropological concepts, theories and perspectives on global issues and cultural diversity
05. Summarise and research knowledge about global issues

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMakiko Nishitani

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Tutorial exercises (750-word equivalent) Assessment is based on participation in specific activities during tutorials.

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 1,500-word written assignment Assignments to be submitted to Turnitin and marked through Grademark.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5

Online quizzes (1,000-word equivalent) 3 online quizzes worth 10% each

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Fieldwork assignment (750-word equivalent) A basic fieldwork assignment to be written up as fieldnotes, analysis and a reflexive account.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2