What is it to be human? How do we live? Where did we come from and where are we going?
These are some of the big questions which you will explore during your degree in Anthropology: a field which specialises in the cultural and biological diversity of humans.
At Roehampton we cover classic themes of social anthropology (such as kinship, witchcraft, cannibalism and indigenous cosmologies) and elements of biological anthropology, including human ecology and adaption, primate biology and behaviour, and human evolution.
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 ‘Being Human’, you will explore the human condition from social and biological perspectives. In ‘Cultural Politics on Tour’, you will study tourists, their motivations and influences through a series of field trips, films, lectures, and discussion. In ‘Hunter Gathers and 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 taught in the same session by social and biological anthropologists to explore concepts and case-studies, and discuss their different, complementary and sometimes opposing viewpoints. These modules make for a lively and exciting exploration of key topics and issues.
In your second year, you’ll build on your knowledge through a combination of practical classes and lectures and will get to explore key topics in social anthropology such as kinship and human social relations and cultural politics. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of biological anthropology, including primate biology, evolution and animal behaviour.
In your final year, you will have the chance to focus on areas that interest you and study topics including primate behaviour and cognition, human diversity and contemporary issues in modern science and culture such as HIV and global health, and the so-called ‘medicalisation’ of the fields of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology.
We have an ongoing collaboration with archaeologists and we offer all our students the chance to study the skeletal remains of a mediaeval population from Surrey, with more formal training in osteology offered as a third-year module. You will also have the option of taking a field trip to South Africa, to witness conservation in action and observe local wildlife.
Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:
Kinship: Comparative and Contemporary Studies
Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Humans and other Primates
Research Methods in Anthropology
Cultural Politics on Tour
Anthropology Directed Reading
Anthropology of Life and Death
Primate Biology and Conservation
Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course [optional student funded module]
Human Osteology and Diversity
HIV/AIDS and Global Health
Culture, "Madness" and Medicalization
Hunter Gatherers and Human Evolution
Primate Behaviour and Cognition
Biological Data Anaylsis
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
"The highlight for me has been the two-week South African field course as part of my third year. It was an unforgettable experience – and has only fuelled my passion for anthropology further."
Read more about Sarah's experience.
The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme to ensure it continues to reflect the latest updates and new developments in the subject area. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described above. Please contact us for more information.
3 years (full-time)
This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.