University of Newcastle Australia program

What is Anthropology?

This program, SOCA1020, introduces the history, theory and practice of anthropology as an academic discipline.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Discover social and cultural anthropology and learn ethnographic skills

Through an exploration of the history of anthropology, anthropological methods and thought, you’ll gain insights into how the discipline has come to be a critical voice in giving insight into everyday life, meaning making, social structure and cultural practice.

You’ll learn about how regional studies at the local level have led to insights into the essence of what it means to be human universally. You’ll be introduced to the nature of anthropological fieldwork and the intellectual debates within the discipline. A number of anthropological theories will also be introduced, giving insight into how the study of cultures and societies other than our own can help us deal with urgent, global problems.

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4 courses

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Interrogate what the discipline of anthropology is and how it relates to the concepts of 'culture' and 'society';

  2. Explain the concepts of life-worlds (local) and system world (global) and identify their interconnections;

  3. Investigate processes of social and cultural transformation by applying a systematic, critical and sympathetic understanding of the contemporary world;

  4. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of ethnography and the nature of social and cultural research more broadly;

  5. Apply academic skills relevant to anthropology, including critical appraisal of anthropological literature and effective written communication.

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