Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Human and animal relations are basic to society; across all walks of life and in all cultures humans and animals have formed diverse and enduring relationships, and animals have long been used to tell us about what it means to be human. This subject will explore historical, cross cultural and contemporary anthropological perspectives on human and animal relations in small scale societies, in agriculture, in industrialised societies and in leisure culture. In doing so, it will investigate themes such as totemism, animal utility, animal companionship, endangered animals, the human/animal divide and post-humanism.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaymond Madden

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesClass and tutorial discussions and essays

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsANT3ANI

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply an anthropological perspective to local and global issues
02. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to issues in Anthropology
03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments regarding a relevant topic in Anthropology
04. Present a sustained written argument in Anthropology
05. Produce a well researched response to a relevant topic in Anthropology
06. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology

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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-ordinatorRaymond Madden

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1500 word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

2500 word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6