Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Anthropology and Media

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Course summary

The BA Anthropology & Media programme combines anthropological and communications theories to provide you with a better understanding of cultural diversity, and a critical knowledge of communication processes. Why study BA Anthropology & Media at Goldsmiths? You'll be taught by some of the leading names in anthropology, media, communications and cultural studies. And you'll have access to industry-standard practice facilities. You'll receive a solid grounding in anthropological methodology and practice, and in key media debates including representation, and symbolism. Most importantly, you'll learn how to apply these insights to the contemporary world. You'll develop the practical and transferable skills to help you find a career in media or anthropology – our recent graduates are now working as news readers, editors, journalists, producers, and photographers. You’ll be able to specialise and design your own learning experience in the third year, choosing four Anthropology modules, and two Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies (MCCS) modules. We regularly host industry debates and talks by international figures; recent guests have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha and Noel Clark.

Course details


Year 1 - You'll learn about some of the main theories within social anthropology – political anthropology, economic anthropology, and kinship. You'll also consider the role of ethnography, and will be given a foundation in anthropological methodological practice. For the media element, you'll study verbal and visual language; changes in the media over the last two centuries; debates surrounding the term 'culture'; and the examination of media texts through an understanding of systems of narrative, realism and genre. You take the following compulsory modules: Introduction to Social Anthropology Anthropological Methods Film and the Audiovisual: Theory and Analysis Media History and Politics Culture and Cultural Studies Key Debates in Media Studies Ethnography of a Selected Region 1 Year 2 - You'll consider the anthropology of religion, morals and symbolism, and explore interactions between changing economic and political structures in the world today. You'll take media theory modules that cover the internationalisation of cultural and media studies, the psychology of communications or theories of political economy in the cultural industries. You'll also take a media practice module in which you develop production skills by creating small-scale projects. You take the following compulsory modules: Politics, Economics and Social Change Anthropology of Religion Cross-Platform Media Practice 1 Anthropology and Political Economy You also take 30 credits worth of modules from the following list: Psychology, Subjectivity and Power Money, Society, and Culture Media, Memory and Conflict Television and After Culture, Society and the Individual Moving Image and Spectatorship Media, Modernity and Social Thought Year 3 - In your final year you have the opportunity to design your own learning experience. You'll choose from module options in Anthropology and Media and will take a media practice module, which will enable you to develop your skills and build on what you learned in your second year. You select four Anthropology option modules. Those recently available have included: Anthropological Approaches to History Anthropology of Health and Medicine Anthropology and Gender Theory Anthropology and the Visual 2 Anthropology in Public Practice Borders and Migration Learning from Social Movements Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology Anthropology of Art 1 The Anthropology of Rights Anthropology and the Visual Production Course Digital Anthropology Anthropology of Violence Anthropology of Development Gender Theory in Practice Staff/Student Research Project You select two Media option modules. Those recently available have included: Structure of Contemporary Political Communication Race, Empire and Nation The City and Consumer Culture Music as Communication and Creative Practice Embodiment and Experience Media Law and Ethics Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures Promotional Culture Politics of the Audiovisual Social Media in Everyday Life: A global perspective You can also undertake a work placement as one of your option modules. Media Practice In your third year, you will also take the following module, or write a dissertation (30 credits). Cross-Platform Media Practice 2 Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We don’t assume you have any knowledge of anthropology, and welcome applications from anyone with arts, social studies or science backgrounds.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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