Anthropology

In Aberdeen

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Description

  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location

    Aberdeen

  • Duration

    4 Years

Description

Anthropology challenges students to think critically and equips them with practical skills in working with people in a variety of cultural contexts. Graduates work in research and teaching in television, radio and journalism with overseas development agencies and non-governmental organisations as well as many other fields and professions.

Facilities

Location

Starts

Aberdeen (Avon)
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Edward Wright Building, AB24 3QY

Starts

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To take into account

First year entry Scottish Highers BBBB or Advanced Highers BCC. A Levels CCC

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Course programme

Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultural differences, at all places and in all times. Its approach is comparative, holistic and gives a view of social life ‘from the inside’.

• At Aberdeen we have one of the youngest and fastest growing programmes in Anthropology in the UK

• We offer innovative ideas and a fresh vision of the subject, with an emphasis throughout on work at the cutting-edge of the discipline, and on problems of pressing concern for people throughout the world.

• The opportunity to work with staff and postgraduate students who are actively engaged in internationally recognised research.

• Unrivalled strengths in the fields of the anthropology of the North and the study of art, creativity, visual representation and material culture are reflected in teaching.

• Benefit from our close links with programmes such as Sociology and Politics, and from the resources of the University’s Marischal Museum and Elphinstone Institute, with their extensive anthropological and ethnological collections.

Degree Programme Structure & Content

Anthropology is available as a Designated Degree which can be obtained after 3 years of study. To obtain an Honours degree takes four years of undergraduate study.

First Year
There are two introductory courses, Introduction to Anthropology I in the first half-session, and Introduction to Anthropology II in the second. These courses introduce key theories and approaches, as well as questions of contemporary anthropological debate.

Second Year
Perceiving Cultural Difference focuses on issues of symbolism, kinship and relatedness, identity, language and culture. The course also provides basic training in anthropological writing and bibliographic research. Understanding Social Relations explores key social, cultural and political issues in an anthropological and historical framework.

Third & Fourth Year (Honours)
In third year students take courses in Anthropological Research, Society and Nature, Anthropological Theory, and Writing Anthropology. Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical debates of the discipline, gain insight into the practice, politics and ethics of doing and writing ethnography, and learn about qualitative methods of research and analysis. Students also begin work on their individual research projects.

In fourth year, students complete their projects and choose courses on a range of special topics. These include: Indigenous Media; Aboriginal Rights in a Global Context; Language in Culture and Society; Material Culture and Museums; Anthropology of the North; Knowledge, Creativity and Ownership; and Anthropological Theory 2.

Teaching & Assessment


Most courses are taught through lectures and small-group seminars and are assessed by a combination of essays and formal examinations.

Your Future

Anthropology challenges students to think critically and equips them with practical skills in working with people in a variety of cultural contexts. Graduates work in research and teaching in television, radio and journalism with overseas development agencies and non-governmental organisations as well as many other fields and professions.

Anthropology

Price on request