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ANT3001 Anthropology of Order: Making Sense

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Celmara Pocock
Moderator: Lara Lamb


Pre-requisite: ANT1001 and any Second Level ANT course

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


There are a number of features which occur in almost all known human groups. For the cultural anthropologist, a propensity to recognise and use patterns and to assume and apply an order and organisation to the world is one of the most important human characteristics. The capacity is one based in intelligence, sensitivity and curiosity; all intrinsic aspects of modern humans. It provides meaning, understanding and a sense of logic and rationality to human existence. However there is nothing innate or inevitable about the particular forms these things take. They are all learned as part of the experiences of growing up in a particular time, place, and social setting. The contexts and content which carry the meaning and provide the knowledge are central aspects of CULTURE. Culture has evolved in an amazingly diverse range of forms in different human communities. This course introduces students to this central concept of culture and demonstrates how culture dictates the ways in which we observe, relate to, order and understand the worlds in which we exist.


This course introduces students to concepts, theories, examples and case studies, all of which help us to understand how Culture operates and allows humans to acquire and pass on knowledge and to make sense of the world. Culture, and the order embedded within it, allows us to exist and interact in our worlds. It is Culture which makes human life, as we know it, possible. Particular attention is given to the ordering of relationships of people within groups and the organisation of groups within society. This course is based predominantly on cultural anthropology, but makes some reference to the disciplines of sociology and psychology.


At the completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts, theories and evidence;
  2. an ability to understand and critically evaluate relevant professional literature;
  3. an ability to carry out anthropological research on relevant topics, and to report both orally and in writing in an effective way, combining theories with evidence from the 'real world'.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1: The Nature of Culture 20.00
2. Module 2: The Function of Culture 20.00
3. Module 3: Structures and Systems 20.00
4. Module 4: Symbols and Meanings 20.00
5. Module 5: Globalization, Power and Agency 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Moore, Jerry D 2012, Visions of Culture: An introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists, 4th edn, Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, California.

Reference materials

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.
  • The course includes a number of selected and recommended book and journal materials relevant to each module. These are listed with the course materials. In addition the course studybook provides a list of useful journals, databases and books relevant to the course.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 150.00
Examinations 2.00
Online Discussion Groups 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 - SHORT ESSAY 100 30 10 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 - MAJOR ESSAY 100 40 22 Oct 2012
EXAMINATION - 2 HOURS 100 30 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. Students will be advised of the official exam date after timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility 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. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Examiners should select one of the following statements, as appropriate, for the examination(s) in the course. Examiners may reasonably modify the bold italicised components and add other reasonable components.

    Open Examination
    An open examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Closed Examination
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

    Restricted Examination
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    1. calculators which cannot hold textual information paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination); ……. .
    Examiners may also like to allow students access to translation dictionaries during a restricted examination and a suitable addition to the above statement in this case is:
    1. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    2. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate’s possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

    Combined Examination
    The examination in this course is a combined examination. Part A is a Closed examination of 1 hour duration and 200 marks have been allocated for this part. Part B is an Open examination of 2 hours duration and 400 marks have been allocated for this part.

  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 Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary 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.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a 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).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.