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Anthropology and Sociology
- Anthropology and Sociology Major (BA)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Understand what it means to be human and how societies function.
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You can study this subject as part of a double degree.
In our world of increasing globalisation and cultural shifts, many employers need the expertise of those with a deeper understanding of human behaviours.
Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human through the lens of cultural diversity. Sociology examines how human actions are shaped by social groups and wider economic, political and social pressures. Both disciplines explore the comparative study of human societies in all their historical and contemporary visions.
This major draws on the strengths of the two interlinked fields. You will focus on local and global contexts to explore how cultural practices, institutions, social groups and everyday lives are being transformed within the context of globalised communication, economic, political and environmental change.
You’ll study contemporary issues related to identity, family life, gender relations, language use, sustainability and development, social justice and human rights. You will also develop the conceptual skills to respond to these local and global changes, and learn how to do research in the social sciences.
This major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
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What you'll learn
- demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the social sciences
- demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively and reflectively within a social science discipline and across disciplinary boundaries
- demonstrate the ability to locate relevant information from a range of sources and to make decisions about the significance of this information in the development of a disciplined analysis of social life
- demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate in the two disciplines
- demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technologies and the ability to decide on their applications appropriately
- show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies
- demonstrate the capacity to understand social life in a range of local and global contexts
- embrace the importance of cultural diversity and of human rights in the making of knowledge in the social sciences
- understand the importance of appropriate theories and methods for undertaking social research that is both ethical and principled
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
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Other requirements and notes for this course
Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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