Undergraduate Study in the Department of Anthropology

Study in the discipline of Anthropology gives phrases like human nature, culture, humanity an actual content which derives from the actual study of other cultures. It enables a critical assessment of the uses made of these terms in public and policy discourse. Anthropology systematically develops and rewards characteristic generic skills of an Arts degree. The ability to: (a) read critically; (b) identify an argument, criticise its internal logic, its adequacy in relation to evidence and its compatibility with other related arguments; (c) do research, find sources and recognise their relative value and authority; (d) write a sustained and persuasive argument.

Arts graduates with an Anthropology major meet the recruiting requirements of a variety of organisations that require understanding of the cultures and institutions of Indigenous Australia and of our neighbours and trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region. These organisations include various branches of the public service, aid and development agencies including the United Nations, a range of non-governmental groups and businesses with a core interest in international trade. Graduates with Anthropology majors also find employment in a wide variety of agencies, organizations and businesses that require understanding of cultural difference and cross-cultural communication. A major in Anthropology fulfils the social science requirements for teaching the HSC subject, ‘Society and Culture’. In addition, there are opportunities for Honours graduates to work as research officers on large projects in university and non-university research centres and institutes.

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