What Is an Anthropology Degree?
Anthropology is the study of humans. Human behaviour, cultures and societies. Anthropologists seek to find answers to humanity’s problems by understanding the broader contexts in which we live. They work in a broad range of fields including academics, government and non-for-profit organisations. The discipline draws on other fields such as languages, psychology and biology and gives us an in-depth understanding of who we are and where we came from.
What will I study?
You will start by gaining an understanding of human history: examining ancient societies as well as modern. You will learn about what shapes our interactions with each other and the world around us. You will receive the tools to research and critically analyse existing theories about culture and humanity. Topics will cover some of the most pressing issues faced by the world today: poverty, migration and development. You will have the option to study other complementary disciplines alongside your anthropology courses, such as gender studies, linguistics and international relations.
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During the first year you will receive thorough teaching in the main anthropological theories. These will include hegemony, Marxism and poststructuralism. You will start to research and critique these theories, whilst considering how they can apply to societal concepts such as religion and politics. You will study family structures, economic anthropology and gender during the second term. You will start to learn research skills and will be required to submit written coursework alongside examinations.
The second year considers key debates in contemporary anthropology and gives you further critical analysis skills. You will learn anthropologic research skills which you will then apply during a research project. You can choose elective modules during the second term, which will allow you to follow areas of interest more closely. These might include ‘politics and power’ or ‘cities and urban lives’.
Final year work is all geared towards the submission of two large personal projects. This will be undertaken into two subjects of your choosing. There are myriad courses on offer, and you will be actively encouraged to consider an inter-disciplinary approach. Elective courses this year include ‘Islam and the Muslim world’, ‘Anthropology of fertility and reproduction’ and ‘human rights’.
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