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This subject is taught by the School of Social and Cultural Studies.
Cultural anthropology studies cultural diversity in a wide range of local and global settings. It explores the role of culture in shaping all areas of our lives, such as our families and gender norms, our economic and political structures, our rituals and modes of creative expression, and our social conflicts and systems of reconciliation. Cultural anthropology also explores how individuals and groups become the makers of history and social change, examining how our systems of meaning and beliefs are contested and transform over time.
Through research that is people-centred and foregrounds the experiences and perspectives of those we study, cultural anthropologists have a strong tradition of advocacy and social engagement. By exploring culturally diverse practices across time and in different places, anthropologists often challenge mainstream cultural norms and social practices, be they economic systems of exploitation, colonisation, or racial, gender and sexual inequalities. Anthropologists today study all types of communities, from small scale tribal groups, to stock brokers, scientists, environmental activists, or undocumented migrants.
Cultural anthropology within a Bachelor of Arts (BA) provides students with powerful tools to understand cultural diversity and address many compelling contemporary social issues, such as poverty, racism or environmentalism. The broad training of cultural anthropology provides skills for a range of careers in such fields as public health, museums, urban development, leadership, NGOs, journalism, documentary making, policy, advocacy, and consumer research. Cultural anthropologists at Victoria have expertise in a wide range of research areas, from migration, urban slums, genocide, Pacific architecture, and patient advocacy groups, to contested illnesses, citizenship, environmentalism, neoliberal restructuring, ethnicity and international development.
Cultural Anthropology major requirements
- ANTH 101 and 102
- 40 points from ANTH 200-299
- 40 points from ANTH 300-399
Postgraduate qualifications in Cultural Anthropology
For information specific to Cultural Anthropology, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
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Career paths in Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology graduates from Victoria have gone into a wide variety of careers. Cultural Anthropology provides you with a broad range of skills important in today's world. At a general level, these include critical and creative thinking, research, writing and analysis, and the effective communication of ideas. More specifically, the study of cultural anthropology will teach you to understand cultural diversity and the role of culture in all areas of life, and to apply anthropological knowledge to current social issues.
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For a complete course listing, see the list of all Cultural Anthropology courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
ANTH 101 – Foundations of Society and Culture
ANTH 102 – Social and Cultural Diversity
|200 Level Courses|
ANTH 201 – Kin, Class and Caste
ANTH 204 – Modern Anthropological Thought
ANTH 208 – Culture and Experience
ANTH 209 – Conflict and Reconciliation
ANTH 213 – Ritual in the Modern World
|300 Level Courses|
ANTH 307 – Medical Anthropology
ANTH 308 – Anthropology in Oceania
ANTH 314 – Special Topic: New Approaches to Kinship
ANTH 315 – Selected Topic: Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 316 – Visual Anthropology
ANTH 317 – Migration, Culture and Identity
|400 Level Courses|
ANTH 407 – Ideas and Approaches
ANTH 408 – Ethnographic Research
ANTH 412 – Anthropological Perspectives on Development
ANTH 489 – Research Project
SACS 428 – Internship