Anthropology and Sociology is the study of the nature of humanity along with the complexities of social relationships, and offers a way of understanding the whole context of human experiences.


This major incorporates the study of the cultures, institutions, social behaviours, economies and systems of meaning of all human societies.

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Course description, features and facilities

Anthropology and Sociology includes the topics of religions, politics, kinship, gender, education, health, migration, landscapes and the media. As a student you will investigate various cultural theories and a range of studies on behaviours and beliefs that are used to explore the great diversity of past and present human societies. The study of Anthropology and Sociology will help you to understand your place in the world, making these units particularly popular at first-year level, and providing useful skills for living and working in a changing, multicultural society. Anthropology and Sociology are both studied under the Anthropology major, which is the only discipline that offers a way of understanding the whole context of human experiences.

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Student profile – Angel Hayward

Majoring in Anthropology and Sociology allowed me to explore other cultures as well as my own. Without it I would not have sought to go on exchange to Ireland or New Zealand where I was able to immerse myself in another culture and see life in another perspective.

Anthropology and Sociology ties in history, politics, economics and challenges the way I think and the way society has taught me to think. The study of culture explores the very nature of human beings and how we interact with each other and to understand why we think the way we do.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

A major in Anthropology and Sociology lays the foundation for career in mining and Indigenous issues both in Australia and overseas, social welfare, the law, physical and mental health, environmental problem solving and assessment, urban planning, education, development, foreign aid and agricultural development.

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Further study opportunities

A major in Anthropology and Sociology leads to further study at honours and postgraduate level to explore a broad range of topics nationally and internationally. You may also consider other postgraduate options including degrees leading to a range of professional qualifications.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Anthropology and Sociology: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-15 hours plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Arts Student Office
M200 Ground Floor Arts Building
(+618) 6488 2091
Additional information