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ANT1001 Introductory Anthropology

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Introductory Anthropology
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090303 - Anthropology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Celmara Pocock

Other requisites

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


Anthropology explores the fundamental question of what it means to be human. It is the study of human beings, their cultures, behaviour and products. Anthropology seeks to understand culture in diverse societies everywhere, from cities and towns to rural regions and villages. By studying this subject students will begin to appreciate the richness, creativity, ingenuity, diversity and intelligence of humans everywhere. Anthropology addresses some of the world's most compelling, intriguing, fraught and difficult questions, including those that have arisen around violence, religion, gender, racism and other unequal divisions of power. This course explores the ways in which anthropological knowledge can offer new and useful insights into human social life. As a discipline concerned with cultural diversity, anthropology is a useful adjunct to many careers including those in health, education, law and business.


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. an appreciation of the extent of cultural variation and social difference in the contemporary world
  2. an appreciation of the interpretive strengths of anthropology in the study of the diverse cultures
  3. a capacity to explore the diversity of cultures including their own
  4. a knowledge of the value and importance of specific anthropological knowledge
  5. an emergent ability to critically assess representations made of other cultures including popular and ethnographic representations
  6. an appreciation of cultural difference and respect for the diversity of cultures within Australia and beyond
  7. how anthropology generates and presents knowledge
  8. a number of graduate attributes including essay writing, presentation and critical reading skills.


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 2018, Cultural anthropology: appreciating cultural diversity, 18th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.

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 2016, Cultural anthropology: tribes, states and the global system, 6th edn, Mayfield Pub Co, Mountain View, California.
Eriksen, TH 2015, Small places, large issues an introduction to social and cultural anthropology, 4th edn, Pluto Press, New York.
Miller, BD 2015, Cultural anthropology, 8th edn, Prentice Hall, Boston.
Peoples, JG & Bailey, GA 2017, Humanity: an introduction to cultural anthropology, 11th edn, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, Belmont, California.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY PLAN 800 WORDS 20 20 18 Mar 2019
ESSAY 1500-2000 WORDS 30 30 29 Apr 2019
ONLINE QUIZZES 20 20 03 Jun 2019 (see note 1)
EXAM 30 30 End S1 (see note 2)

  1. There will be a short online quiz each week related to the textbook reading and lecture. Each quiz must be completed before the end of the week, and within the allocated time.
  2. This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the exam is 2 hours. The exam date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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.

    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:
    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.