Social anthropology explores the diversity and complexity of human societies in both Western and non-Western contexts. This combined honours degree will provide an excellent insight into how people live and how society is structured in different cultures.
Why do big pharmaceutical companies promote the medicalisation of contemporary societies? Why are so many people on anti-depressants in the current day and age? These are some of the questions you might consider on this course.
More generally, the course focuses on classic themes such as kinship, witchcraft or indigenous cosmologies, as well as on the relationship between culture and biology, and gender and sexuality. The anthropology of science and the study of human-animal relations are also explored in considerable depth.
Study with us and you’ll join a highly dynamic course, taught by staff engaged in world-class research. We run some of the UK’s most innovative modules such as ‘Being Human’, which explores human evolution from biological and cultural perspectives, and ‘Fieldwork: Theory, Practice and Product’ where experienced anthropologists explain how a project reaches fruition, including how to locate areas of interest within existing theoretical debates.
In your first year, you'll be introduced to the theoretical traditions of the discipline as well as its core subject areas, including the family, political systems, cosmological and belief systems. A focus on classical ethnographic field studies will help you to see how key areas of anthropology have developed.
In the second year, your knowledge of the discipline will be expanded through a range of engaging core modules. Recent examples have included Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies, Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Ethnographic Research Methods.
In your final year, you will embark on a small-scale supervised ethnographic project. Specialist modules at this stage might include human-animal relations; anthropological aspects of psychological practices and cultural themes and beliefs concerning; life and death