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ANT1001 Cultural Diversity: an Introduction to Anthropology

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Cultural Diversity
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 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.


Understanding cultural diversity is an essential element of living in a complex, connected and changing world. This course celebrates the diversity of human societies and cultures, while emphasising our common humanity. Drawing on rich cross-cultural examples, from cities and towns to rural regions and villages, students are invited to reflect on their own knowledge and experiences. The course guides students to develop an informed and critical understanding of cultural diversity, including contentious questions of social and political inequality. These skills and knowledge are advantageous for many careers including those in health, education, law, environment, tourism and business. The course further provides a foundation to key concepts, methods and debates in anthropology necessary for higher level courses in anthropology and archaeology.


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 have a basic capacity to:

  1. appreciate and respect cultural difference within their own society and beyond;
  2. critically evaluate cultural diversity and representations made of other cultures;
  3. recognise the value and importance of specific anthropological knowledge;
  4. undertake anthropological analysis and interpretation through essay writing, presentation and critical reading.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to anthropology 35.00
2. Understanding cultural diversity 50.00
3. Global challenges: the role of anthropology 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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 2020, Cultural anthropology: tribes, states and the global system, 7th 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 15 Mar 2021
ESSAY 1500-2000 WORDS 30 30 03 May 2021
ONLINE QUIZZES 20 20 07 Jun 2021 (see note 1)
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 30 30 End S1 (see note 2)

  1. There will be a short online quiz each week related to the textbook reading and learning activities. Each quiz must be completed before the end of the week, and within the allocated time.
  2. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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.

Date printed 18 June 2021