Anthropology involves the study of cultural differences and similarities in a globalised world. ANU is a leading international centre for anthropological teaching and research. As a student you are able to draw on more than 35 anthropologists working in the University. The range of anthropology teaching and research at ANU currently focuses on Australia (Indigenous, settler and migrant communities), Melanesia, Indonesia, China, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Polynesia and India.
The University's theoretical and analytical interests include development markets and exchange systems, colonialism, globalisation and the transformation of traditional societies, symbolic and artistic systems and visual anthropology. You may also focus on the anthropology of gender, popular culture, nationalism, post-colonialism and post-socialism, human health and ecology, kinship and social organisation, biosocial anthropology and primatology. Other topics include medical, nutritional and demographic anthropology, language and culture, religion and ritual, anthropology of emotion, visual anthropology, urban societies, the history of anthropology and rural change in Europe.
Fieldwork is an important component of study at PhD level. In anthropology you will be encouraged to conduct intensive fieldwork for which you may receive some financial support.