At Roehampton we cover classic themes of social anthropology (e.g. kinship, witchcraft, cannibalism, indigenous cosmologies) and elements of biological anthropology (e.g. human ecology and adaptation, the genetic and evolutionary affinities between humans and apes).
Study with us for a highly dynamic learning experience, taught by staff engaged in world-class research. Themes such as violence, sexuality, wildlife conservation, global health or mental illness are studied from social and biological points of view. In addition, this course focuses on topics such as the relationship between culture and biology, gender and performance, globalisation and tourism, political/historical ecology and medical anthropology. The anthropology of science and the study of human-animal relations are also explored in considerable depth.
We run some of the UK’s most innovative modules. In The Anthropology of Tourism, you will study tourists, their motivations and influences through a series of field trips, films, lectures, and discussion. In Human Evolution, you will learn about all aspects of the evolution of hunter and gatherers from their diet, foraging practices, technology, residence, mobility, reproduction, cooperation and social organisations.
In your first year, you will experience ‘team-teaching’ in which you will be co-taught by social and biological anthropologists to explore concepts and case-studies together, and discuss their different, complementary and sometimes opposing viewpoints. These modules make for a lively and exciting exploration of key issues.
This integrated approach will continue into your second year, with an equal and complementary balance of social and biological modules. In the third year, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you most.
You will leave the course with the practical skills and knowledge to pursue a successful career in an exciting range of areas. Our graduates have found work at all levels within conservation, teaching, journalism, international business, overseas development work, heritage and cultural sectors, charities and NGOs such as OXFAM and Children in Need. You will also be able to continue your studies at postgraduate level.