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ANT1001 Introductory Anthropology

Semester 1, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Celmara Pocock
Moderator: Lara Lamb

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Anthropology is the study of human beings, their cultures, behaviour and products. As a professional discipline it originated in the nineteenth century and has developed continuously into a number of active sub-disciplines. Although it emerged from studies of ancient or non-industrial peoples, it has expanded to incorporate people everywhere. Anthropology emphasises the use of intensive long-term fieldwork and is the only social science that attempts 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. Through the production of uncommon knowledge, anthropology addresses some of the world's most compelling, intriguing, fraught and difficult questions, including those that have arisen around war, gender discrimination, racism and other unequal divisions of power. This course will explore the ways in which anthropological knowledge can offer new and useful insights into human social life.


The study of human communities, their societies and cultures, is approached through the perspectives of cultural anthropology. Students are presented with the major theories, concepts and debates of this discipline, and will read material related to current diverse interests and concerns of anthropologists.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an appreciation of the extent of cultural variation and social difference in the contemporary world
  2. demonstrate an appreciation of the interpretive strengths of anthropology in the study of the diverse cultures
  3. demonstrate a capacity to explore the diversity of cultures including their own
  4. demonstrate a knowledge of the value and importance of specific anthropological knowledge
  5. demonstrate an emergent ability to critically assess representations made of other cultures including popular and ethnographic representations
  6. appreciate the importance of difference to understand that difference in cultural relativist terms and respect the multiplicity of cultures within Australia and beyond
  7. demonstrate how anthropology constitutes its objects and generates and presents knowledge
  8. demonstrate and use the following graduate attributes: essay writing skills, discussion skills gained from participation in tutorials/online forums, and skills in critical reading.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to anthropology 25.00
2. Exploring cultural diversity 50.00
3. The changing world 25.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Kottak, CP 2013, Cultural anthropology: appreciating cultural diversity, 15th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.
    (ISBN, 9780078035005.)
  • ANT1001 Introductory anthropology: introductory book and selected readings, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

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.
  • Bodley, JH 2011, Cultural anthropology: tribes, states and the global system, 5th edn, Mayfield Pub Co, Mountain View, California.
  • Eriksen, TH 2010, Small places, large issues an introduction to social and cultural anthropology, 3rd edn, Pluto Press, New York.
  • Miller, BD 2011, Cultural anthropology, 6th edn, Prentice Hall, Boston.
  • Peoples, JG & Bailey, GA 2012, Humanity: an introduction to cultural anthropology, 9th edn, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, Belmont, California.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 124.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY PLAN 800 WORDS 20 20 23 Mar 2015
ESSAY 1500-2000 WORDS 30 30 13 Apr 2015
ONLINE QUIZZES 20 20 13 Jun 2015
EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 30 30 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: 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.

    On-campus: It is the students? 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed 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 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

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.