Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)

Course D18-AA (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008. Search for this in the current handbook

Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Graduate Enquiries, Arts & Music Student Centre Rm 104 (Ground Floor) Old Arts Building Tel: +61 3 8344 5321/+61 3 8344 6395 Fax: +61 3 9347 0424 Email:
Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of anthropology and/or social theory and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the disciplines and how they intersect. The course provides a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA (Honours) with a research component in anthropology or social theory.

Course coordinator:
Dr Monica Minnegal
School of Social and Environmental Enquiry

Objectives: Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma will:

• acquire a detailed understanding of current theoretical issues in anthropology and social theory;
• acquire an understanding of the history and development of anthropology and social theory;
• develop skills necessary for original research in anthropology and social theory;
• acquire the formal qualifications necessary to proceed to higher degree research.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: • Thesis 15,000 words (50 points)
• One compulsory subject (12.5 points)
• At least two core subjects (12.5 points)
• One elective subject from those listed (12.5 points)

Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

Students may emphasise either Anthropology or Social Theory in their subject choices. Students must have written approval of their study program from the course coordinator before enrolling.
Subject Options: Thesis subject
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Compulsory subject
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Core subjects
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Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2
Elective subjects
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Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2008
Students may also elect to do an additional ‘core' subject from those listed above.

Students wishing to take an elective subject other than those listed above must consult the course coordinator.
Entry Requirements: 1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria -

• an undergraduate degree with at least 50 credit points at second or third year level in a cognate discipline with a grade average of at least H2B (70%) in these subjects , or equivalent; or
• a Graduate Diploma in a relevant area of study with a grade average of at least H2B, or equivalent.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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