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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesClass and tutorial discussions, essays, literature reviews, secondary source research and quizzes

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students are required to have passed 2 subjects totalling 30 credit points at second year level


Incompatible subjectsANT2CAE

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 in relation to local and global issues
02. Apply ethical and cultural awareness of issues in Anthropology
03. Critically evaluate research and arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology
04. Produce an original, well researched response to 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-ordinatorNicholas Smith

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours 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.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Essay plan (500 words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4

Major essay (2500 words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO6

Online quizzes (1,000-word equivalent) Two online quizzes

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO4