ATS1255 - Encountering cultures: Introduction to anthropology 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Narelle Warren


Dr Narelle Warren

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Anthropologists seek understanding of how differences shape the world. They look beyond everyday explanations for realities of life and culture, and use their perceptions to create better futures for humans and their collectives. Students will explore case studies in: globalisation, mobility, poverty, development, resistance, indigeneity, technology and online worlds, gender and sexuality, sex and reproduction, magic, spirituality and religion. Through these, students will be introduced to key concepts of ethnography and anthropology.


Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to

  1. identify and explain basic anthropological concepts and methods;
  2. articulate key concepts and methods for understanding cultural difference;
  3. recognise contemporary global issues and how understandings differ globally depending on perception;
  4. recognise the significance of culture and difference in the development of solutions to problems affecting individuals, collectives and environments;
  5. read, think and write reflectively and critically about basic anthropological concepts and issues;
  6. use prescribed academic research skills to locate, analyse and communicate information.


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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