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Undergraduate | MAQ-ANTX3008 | 2024

Psychological Anthropology

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Examine how an individual's psychological development is shaped by social ideologies and structures. Ask how notions of 'self' differ between cultures. Address childhood, faith and emotions. Utilise anthropological research and investigation methods.

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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

Start dates

  • 19 Feb 2024
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About this subject

  • On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

    1. Interrogate ‘human nature’ to better understand the relationship between universal traits and variability.
    2. explore the role of social setting and norms in shaping human development.
    3. actively participate in discussion of psychological anthropology (such as gender roles, emotional variation, sex and gender across cultures, and childrearing)
    4. gain greater understanding of techniques for investigating experience, including ethnography, field research, and comparative approaches.
    5. investigate in greater depth one area of special interest in the study of human diversity.
    6. exhibit improved writing, communication and critical reading skills.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

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Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ANTX2007 (Not currently available)


130cp at 1000 level or above

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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