ANT 1001 Introductory Anthropology

Subject Cat-nbr Class Term Mode Description Units Campus
ANT 1001 44831 2, 2005 ONC Introductory Anthropology 1.00 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOART
Academic org: FOA003
Student contribution band: 1
ASCED code: 090303



Examiner: Lara Lamb
Moderator: Bryce Barker


Anthropology is the study of human beings, their cultures, behaviour and products. As a professional discipline it originated in the 19th century and has developed continuously into a number of very active sub-disciplines. Although it initially concentrated its studies in ancient or non-industrial peoples, more recently it has expanded its interest to incorporate people wherever they may exist. By emphasizing the use of intensive and extensive fieldwork it is the only one of the social sciences to claim to attempt to represent humans and their ways of life holistically. By studying this subject students will begin to appreciate the richness, creativity, ingenuity, diversity and intelligence of humans everywhere as they continue to address the issues of existence wherever they find themselves.


The study of human communities, their societies and cultures, is approached through the perspectives of Cultural Anthropology and students are presented with the major theories, concepts and debates of this field of study. Students will also read a variety of material representing the current diverse interests and concerns of anthropologists.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. have a basic understanding of pre-industrial and non- industrial communities as well as modern communities;
  2. have basic conceptual and methodological skills for the analysis of social and cultural systems;
  3. have a working bibliography for the study of human communities.


Description Weighting (%)
1. The Dimensions of Anthropology
2. Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
3. Cultural Diversity
4. The Changing World

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed:

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

DEC External Study Package i. Introductory/Study Guide ii Selected Readings Books 1 & 2

Kottak, Conrad, Philip 2004, Anthropology, the exploration of human diversity, 10th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Basham, R 1978, Urban anthropology: the cross-cultural study of complex societies, Mayfield, Palo Alto, Calif.

Bates, D. 1996, Cultural anthropology, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.

Bates, D & Plog, F 1990, Cultural anthropology, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.

Bodley, J 1990, Victims of progress, 4th edn, Mayfield, Mountain View, Calif.

Bodley, J 2001, Anthropology and contemporary human problems, 4th edn, Mayfield, Mountain View, Calif.

Bodley, J 1988, Tribal peoples and development issues: a global overview, Mayfield, Mountain View, Calif.

Coon, C 1976, The hunting peoples, Harmondsworth, England.

Cuba, L 2001, A short guide to writing about social science, 4th edn, Longman, New York.

Howard, MC 1996, Contemporary cultural anthropology, 5th edn, Harper Collins, New York.

Keesing, R 1998, Cultural anthropology: a contemporary perspective, 3rd edn, Harcourt Brace, Fort Worth.

Langness, LL 1987, The study of culture (rev. edn), Chandler and Sharp, Novato, Calif.
(Rev Edn)

Podolefsky, A & Brown PJ 1999, Applying anthropology: an introductory reader, 5th edn, Mayfield, Mountain View, Calif.

Robins, R 2001, Cultural anthropology: a problem-based approach, 3rd edn, FE Peacock, Itasca, Ill.

Sahlins, M 1968, Tribesmen, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Schultz, EA & Lavenda, RH 1995, Anthropology: a perspective on the human condition, Mayfield, Mountain View, Calif.

Service, E 1979, The hunters, 2nd edn, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Shanin, T 1988, Peasants and peasant societies, 2nd edn, Penguin, London.

Wolf, E 1966, Peasants, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.


Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 101.00
Project Work 35.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
ESSAY 1 1000 WORDS 15.00 15.00 15 Aug 2005
ESSAY 2 1000 WORDS 15.00 15.00 16 Sep 2005
PRACTICAL PROJECT 40.00 40.00 21 Oct 2005
SHORT ANSWER EXAM 2 HOURS 30.00 30.00 END S2 (see note 1)
Students will be advised of the official exam date after timetable has been finalised


  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval, then a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the assignment will apply for each of the first FIVE working days late, after which a zero mark will be given.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment items, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by: (i) satisfactorily completing the examination and assignments; and (ii) obtaining at least 50% of the total weighted marks for all summative assessment items.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL or in the current USQ Handbook.


9. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. (c) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (d) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (e) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).