Anthropology is the study of human culture, society, and difference. A major in anthropology allows students to adopt discerning views on major issues in the world today. As well as studying small-scale societies and groups, anthropology is concerned with the understanding of modern nation states and transnational relations. This includes diverse ethnic and religious conflicts, gender relations in different cultures, migration and multiculturalism, capitalism's impact on isolated groups, poverty and international development, and the importance of Indigenous peoples in national and international politics.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area. The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours in Anthropology involves self-directed research in a supervised setting. The research may involve any combination of text-based and field research. The Honours year is divided into two components. In Semester 1, students complete two unified seminars that address central problems in Anthropology today. In semester 2, you are expected to complete an original research thesis of 20,000 words.

Related subject areas

Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Gender Studies, Political Economy

Our courses that offer this honours subject area