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Social Anthropology is the study of human conduct and thought. Societies around the world vary enormously socially, culturally and politically.
The study of these variations, and the common humanity that underlies them, is at the heart of social anthropology.
There are close links between social anthropology and sociology, human geography, development studies, history and philosophy.
You will take a broad range of courses in your first two years and have the opportunity to specialise in your final two years.
You will spend up to four months on an individual research project that will form the basis of your dissertation. Fieldwork for your project can be done both within and outside the UK.
Social Anthropology is available as a joint honours degree with a variety of other subjects.
The first year provides you with a broad introduction to the subject. You will study Social Anthropology 1A and 1B and will choose two or three optional courses.
You will study Social Anthropology 2, Social Enquiry 2 and Social & Political Theory 2. You will also choose an additional three courses, either related to your degree or from another academic area.
You will study four core courses: Anthropology Theory; Kinship; Ritual & Religion; and Consumption, Exchange & Technology. You will also choose two courses from a range including Magic, Science and Healing; Museums and Anthropology; and The Anthropology of Happiness.
You will also have the opportunity to conduct your own research in the summer break between third and fourth years.
Your supervisor will help you to plan and develop your research project, which can take place in the UK or overseas.
In your fourth year you will study the core courses Belief, Thought & Language and Culture & Power. You will also use your research findings to complete an honours dissertation.
Fieldwork may be undertaken depending on your choice of dissertation topic. Some additional costs may be associated with the fieldwork.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials and will receive supervision with your research project.
The course is assessed through exams, coursework and project work.
Previous graduates have chosen careers in social development, healthcare, journalism and film. Some have gained employment with international organisations such as OXFAM. A growing number are continuing with postgraduate study in anthropology, leading to careers as anthropological researchers with universities, public bodies like the NHS, or private sector companies.
Most of the teaching takes place at facilities located within the University’s Central Area. You will also have access to the University library and computer facilities.
In addition to your research project, which may be based overseas, there are opportunities to study abroad through the University’s International Exchange Programme.
This article was published on Jun 29, 2012