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Course summary

This programme offers an exciting and complementary combination of two humanities disciplines which promote the understanding of human life, culture, and society in the past and present. BA History with Anthropology is jointly delivered by the Departments of History and Anthropology. The programme is interdisciplinary and stimulating, and enables explorations and analyses of contemporary social, cultural and anthropological issues with a view to historically contextualising those issues. We focus on the relevance and importance of historical understanding for comprehending and analysing the complex present-day world that surrounds us, contributing towards equality, diversity and social justice. Why study BA History with Anthropology

  • The study, analysis, and understanding of the past is as important today as it has ever been.
  • History continues to make vital contributions to how we comprehend and interact with the world around us.
  • This degree is a relevant, dynamic, fascinating and important field of study which, at Goldsmiths, is approached in creative, innovative and exciting ways.
  • Exploring contemporary societal and cultural issues continues to make valuable insights into the complex and global world we live in.
  • You’ll learn about topics from basic anthropological concepts, such as kinship, ritual, world systems, and development, to investigating anthropology in relation to history, politics, religion, philosophy and psychology.
  • You'll learn from leading academic experts. That's why we've been rated top 10 in the UK for anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

Modules

Year 1 Compulsory modules: Reading and Writing History Anthropological Ideas Anthropological Methods Identity, Agency & Environment 1 Identity, Agency & Environment 2Reading and Writing History Historical Perspectives Introduction to Social Anthropology Anthropological Methods You will also study one of the following modules, as well as one option module of your choice from a list approved annually by the Department of History. Global Connections: the violence and exchanges that shaped the modern world OR Historical Controversies Year 2 In your second year, you'll have more freedom to expand your intellectual horizons, with your choice of optional modules to the value of 90 credits. 30 credits of this will be taken in the Department of Anthropology, and up to 30 credits can be a University of London intercollegiate Group II module, and the rest will be taken from the Department of History. Compulsory modules The Goldsmiths Elective Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module Department of Anthropology optional modules Working with Images Anthropology of Religion Anthropology and Public Policy Critical Ecologies: black, indigenous and transnational feminist approaches Indigenous Cosmopolitics, Anthropology and Global Justice Year 3 In your final year, you will develop your specialist interests and knowledge. You have the option to take more History-orientated, or more Anthropology-orientated approaches This depends on whether you choose a History Special Subject (with dissertation) or a linked History-Anthropology dissertation. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

A wide and innovative variety of different methods are used to assess learning, these include essays, reviews, source analyses, blogs, videos, walks, presentations, exams, and dissertations. Some modules are assessed by portfolios of coursework, or by a combination of coursework and an examination. Others are assessed by long essays or dissertations on topics approved with the tutor. Assessments vary in length according to the type of assessment and/or level of module. Assessment supports student progression across the programme, as assessments in the first year aim to measure a set of baseline skills and competencies which are enhanced, deepened and broadened in subsequent years. Lecturers return assessments and provide useful and constructive feedback in a timely manner so as to ensure that students learn from the feedback and have the opportunity to improve subsequent work.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

At Goldsmiths we offer innovative and challenging degrees, in a stimulating environment, amongst a diverse and exciting community of students. Many of our students have achieved high A-level grades, and that is reflected in our standard A-level offer. Above all, though, we are looking for potential students who can demonstrate the range of skills, talents, and interests necessary for this work, either through traditional A-levels or otherwise. We believe that all able students, of whatever age and background, who have the ability, should have the opportunity to study at Goldsmiths. We actively encourage applications from students with a wide range of relevant qualifications, especially the access diploma.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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History with Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS