Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitAnthropology
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Julian Millie


Anthropology is frequently embroiled in provocative and productive debates. Major topics such as identity, agency and performance have been investigated, argued about, and continually rethought. In this class, students will read and participate in some of these debates including: arguments over ethical behaviour in fieldwork; interpretations of sexuality, power, and violence in Samoa; ritual cannibalism; and ethnographic representation of Indigenous people. All of these topics will be discussed with reference to their contributions to anthropological understandings beyond their region of origin.


  1. Display significant knowledge about the cultures of the Pacific Islands
  2. Identify key debates in the history of anthropology
  3. Discuss the ways that scholarly arguments about culture are best evaluated, criticised, engaged with, and used productively
  4. Develop the ability to write a focused research paper
  5. Develop the ability to write a proposal for scholarly research
  6. Develop the ability to present an oral summary of a research proposal and answer questions on it


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Anthropology, History, Politics or Sociology.