ASS102 - Culture and Communication

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Rohan Bastin
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

 1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


ASS102 continues the introduction to Anthropology commenced by ASS101, but can be taken first by mid-year commencing students. The unit examines other foundational issues for anthropologists including the relationship between violence and conflict and the human social order and the complexity of human communication in such diverse areas of human practice as symbolic communication, belief systems and myth and ritual. Examples of human societies and cultures are drawn from the Americas, Europe, and Australia.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Articulate a range of attitudes, terms, and methods in the discipline, including the role of ethnography in anthropological thinking

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Extend the development of anthropological theory with an ethnographic focus on modern Western societies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Unpack and re-assess contemporary social issues by using anthropological terms and frameworks, such as critical events and the extended case method

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Explore critical dimensions of the relationship between communication and perception, and communicate understandings of these through written assessments

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar/Online exercises 800 words
or equivalent
20% Ongoing
Assessment 2 - Essay 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - End of Unit Assessment  2000 words or equivalent 50% End of Unit Assessment Period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASS102
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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