Anthropology, Minor (0002)

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0002

Previous Code: SM1131.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Social Anthropology is the study of humans and the cultures they create. The minor in Anthropology within the Bachelor of Social Science offers students the opportunity to examine social patterns and practices across cultures, to discover similarities and differences between cultures, and to understand the processes by which humans organise and create meaning. Areas of focus include the development of anthropology as a discipline; globalisation and culture; power and politics; gender and sexuality; identity and belonging; ethnography and ethnographic methods; indigenous peoples and nation states. Specific attention is given to cultures of Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and to cross cultural interactions, at both global and local levels. The minor seeks to equip students with multi-cultural knowledge as well as to provide a thorough grounding in research methods and ethics with utility in a variety of professional and academic contexts.


Campus Mode Advice
Liverpool Campus Internal Associate Professor Mary Hawkins
Penrith Campus Internal Associate Professor Mary Hawkins

Minor Structure

Students must complete 40 credit points as follows.

Subject Title Credit Points
Students must complete the following compulsory subject:
HUMN 1016Different Ways of Being in the World: Introduction to Social Anthropology10
Select three of the following:30
Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania
Global Structures, Local Cultures
Identity and Belonging
Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective
Power as a Cultural System
Society, Culture and Human Diversity
The Anthropologies of Gender and Sexualities
Total Credit Points40

 Equivalent Subjects    

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this minor for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.

HUMN 2012 Anthropologies of the Everyday, replaced by HUMN 2069 Society, Culture and Human Diversity

HUMN 2024 - Ethnographies of Southeast Asia and the Pacific - replaced by HUMN 2068 Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania