Intro to Anthropology: Understanding the culture of the university

Intro to Anthropology: Understanding the culture of the university

Intro to Anthropology: Understanding the culture of the university

Date & time

9am 10 April – 5pm 13 April 2017


On-campus (ANU)


Associate Professor Simone Dennis
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Available April 2017

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences offers a broad range of programs in the humanities, creative arts and social sciences. Amongst these is anthropology. Social Anthropology is the comparative study of the ways in which people live in different cultural settings across the world, including here in Australia. It uses very practical, empirical methods to investigate human experience and looks at the different ways that people do and understand things – like education, politics, sports, gender, violence, marriage, art, science and more.

This 4 day workshop will provide a practical set of methods to a culture students should explore before they arrive as a student: the culture of the university. Just as if an anthropologist was studying a particular cultural group in Africa, he or she could look at the specific culture of the ANU. If you were to go to Africa, you might ask: How does this culture work? What are its unspoken rules? Do I understand the language people use? What are its cultural norms and values? You could ask all these questions about the culture of the university, too. It will offer an orientation to the university using anthropological approaches and methods.

Workshop details

Date: Monday, 10 April to Thursday, 13 April 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: $175 per student

Location: On-campus (ANU)

Year group: Years 11-12

Date: This course is run as an intensive course, offered in non-teaching sessions

Duration: The course is offered over one week (4 days)

Availability: 50 participants

Format: Interactive presentations and practical exercises

Expression interest: express you interest via our online survey

The course comprises of practicums which are supported by an orienting lecture, preparatory workshop and follow up workshop where results of the exercise are discussed. Each day (5 in total) is oriented around two qualitative research methods that the students apply in the ‘exercise’ portion of the day, so that the format manifests as follows:

1 morning lecture
One preparatory workshop
One exercise
One follow up workshop
One afternoon lecture
One preparatory workshop
One exercise
One follow up workshop

Anthropology at ANU is ranked number 1 in Australia and 7th in the world in the 2016 QS rankings^.Graduates with a major in Anthropology have highly developed skills in qualitative and human research, cross cultural comparison, and social analysis. These transferable skills are highly sought after in a huge variety of employment fields. ANU anthropology graduates have found employment in media, public service, social service, economic, education and health fields, as well as a host of other specialist fields, like multicultural services and Indigenous affairs, government policy analysis, community development, management consulting, and design. Our researchers are world leaders and shape debates and public policy through consultations, media outreach and through the research they produce.

Note: It may be possible for students who later enroll in ANTH1002 to pick up credit for an assessable exercise included therein that was successfully completed during the intensive.

^QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.


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Date & time

Mon 10 Apr 2017, 9am – Thu 13 Apr 2017, 5pm


On-Campus ANU - Intensive Course


Contact : Simone Dennis


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