Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Anthropology

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Course summary

You will receive a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of anthropology in the broadest sense, addressing the core disciplines of social and biological anthropology as well as interdisciplinary perspectives on culture, society and health. Year 1 Currently, students take five modules in Anthropology and select one elective module offered by another department, including the option to study a module in a modern foreign language. Compulsory modules: People and Cultures Human Evolution and Diversity Being Human Doing Anthropological Research Health, Illness and Society. Year 2 In your second year, you will develop a deeper and more complex grasp of anthropology and will gain "hands-on" experience of conducting research at one of our residential field sites on the compulsory Anthropology Field Course module, normally held in September prior to the start of your second year. You will also take a core module covering the diverse ways in which anthropological knowledge is constructed and theorised, as well as four elective modules that will enable you to pursue your interests in specific topics. Compulsory modules: Anthropology Field Course Interrogating Anthropology Kinship and Religion Politics and Economics. Optional modules: Global Health and Disease Sex, Reproduction and Love Evolution, Variation and Adaptation Our Place in Nature. Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad) In your final year, you will design and carry out your own dissertation project and have free choice of advanced optional taught modules. Optional modules are generally based on the research expertise of staff, and reflect the University’s ideal of research-led education. Options available in the Department cover the full disciplinary spectrum, from the entirely biological to the entirely socio-cultural or a mixture of anthropological sub-disciplines via the Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary, Health and Medical, and Social Anthropology modules. Typical topics that may be available include forensic anthropology, religious controversy, urban anthropology and public health. In your third year, you are invited to attend the regular round of research seminars given by visiting scholars or Durham-based researchers, and can participate in a key forum for current innovative research. Core module: Dissertation. Optional modules: Specialised Aspects of Social Anthropology (various topics) Specialised Aspects of Medical Anthropology (various topics) Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary Anthropology (various topics). Study Abroad (Anthropology) Study abroad or placement activities undertaken as part of a degree are not only enjoyable but can give a significant edge when it comes to employability. ERASMUS exchanges are possible on our degrees, and we currently have links with the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic), the University of Iceland, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the University of Malta. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Currently, students take five modules in Anthropology and select one elective module offered by another department, including the option to study a module in a modern foreign language. Compulsory modules: People and Cultures Human Evolution and Diversity Being Human Doing Anthropological Research Health, Illness and Society. Year 2 In your second year, you will develop a deeper and more complex grasp of anthropology and will gain "hands-on" experience of conducting research at one of our residential field sites on the compulsory Anthropology Field Course module, normally held in September prior to the start of your second year. You will also take a core module covering the diverse ways in which anthropological knowledge is constructed and theorised, as well as four elective modules that will enable you to pursue your interests in specific topics. Compulsory modules: Anthropology Field Course Kinship and Religion Politics and Economics Research Project Design. Optional modules: Reading Ethnography Biology, Culture and Society Global Health and Disease Sex, Reproduction and Love Evolution, Variation and Adaptation Our Place in Nature. Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad) In your final year, you will design and carry out your own dissertation project and have free choice of advanced optional taught modules. Optional modules are generally based on the research expertise of staff, and reflect the University’s ideal of research-led education. Options available in the Department cover the full disciplinary spectrum, from the entirely biological to the entirely socio-cultural or a mixture of anthropological sub-disciplines via the Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary, Health and Medical, and Social Anthropology modules. Typical topics that may be available include forensic anthropology, religious controversy, urban anthropology and public health. In your third year, you are invited to attend the regular round of research seminars given by visiting scholars or Durham-based researchers, and can participate in a key forum for current innovative research. Core module: Dissertation. Optional modules: Specialised Aspects of Social Anthropology (various topics) Specialised Aspects of Medical Anthropology (various topics) Specialised Aspects of Evolutionary Anthropology (various topics).


How to apply

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Application codes

Course code:
L602
Institution code:
D86
Campus name:
Hatfield College
Campus code:
2

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBC (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
70%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £22700 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £22700 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Anthropology at Durham University - UCAS