Anthropology and Sociology Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study Anthropology and Sociology at Curtin
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Anthropology and Sociology

Undergraduate major

Understand what it means to be human and how societies function.

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  • Qualification
    Anthropology and Sociology Major (BA)
  • Credit
    200
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why study Anthropology and Sociology at Curtin?

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Specialist pathways

You can study this major as part of a double degree.

Outline

Outline

In our world of increasing globalisation and cultural shifts, many employers need the expertise of those with a deeper understanding of human behaviours.

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human through the lens of cultural diversity. Sociology examines how human actions are shaped by social groups and wider economic, political and social pressures. Both disciplines explore the comparative study of human societies in all their historical and contemporary visions.

This major draws on the strengths of the two interlinked fields. You will focus on local and global contexts to explore how cultural practices, institutions, social groups and everyday lives are being transformed within the context of globalised communication, economic, political and environmental change.

You’ll study contemporary issues related to identity, family life, gender relations, language use, sustainability and development, social justice and human rights. You will also develop the conceptual skills to respond to these local and global changes, and learn how to do research in the social sciences.

This major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

You can study this major as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

What jobs can the Anthropology and Sociology Major (BA) lead to?

Careers

  • Anthropologist
  • Sociologist
  • Heritage specialist.

Industries

  • Allied health
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Heritage
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Media and creative arts
  • Public relations
  • Urban planning.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the social sciences
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively and reflectively within a social science discipline and across disciplinary boundaries
  • demonstrate the ability to locate relevant information from a range of sources and to make decisions about the significance of this information in the development of a disciplined analysis of social life
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate in the two disciplines
  • demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technologies and the ability to decide on their applications appropriately
  • show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies
  • demonstrate the capacity to understand social life in a range of local and global contexts
  • embrace the importance of cultural diversity and of human rights in the making of knowledge in the social sciences
  • understand the importance of appropriate theories and methods for undertaking social research that is both ethical and principled

I thought I should do something I’m passionate about ... something that doesn’t restrict me. Curtin gave me the chance to develop my skills analytically, socially and verbally. The biggest thing is the support – I love that people are willing to assist you in any sort of way.

Sharleah Ramirez

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

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You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

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Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

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