Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we explore the practical, theoretical and ethical advances of the vibrant discipline of anthropology, from exotic Victorian beginnings to present-day engagements with globally important topics such as poverty and inequality, cultural identity and nationalism, gender-based violence and human rights. In doing so we learn how the study of culture, identity and human behaviour can be critically and meaningfully employed to positively transform the world we share. This subject provides students tools for understanding the dynamics of change both within and through anthropological practice. Through critical inquiry, collaboration, and effective communication students will further develop their creativity capacity to critique complex socio-cultural phenomena, as well as to apply theory, locate and synthesise knowledge resources, prioritise meaningful action, and manage associated risks. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEssay, quizzes, in-class activities and group presentation

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse key ethical and cultural issues in anthropological theory and methodologies
02. Analyse the emergence of contemporary anthropological perspectives
03. Analyse the impact of historical and global change on the discipline of anthropology
04. Evaluate key anthropological concepts and theories

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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-ordinatorNatalie Araujo

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 blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2000 word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online quizzes (1250 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

In-class/online assessment tasks (750 equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4