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Course summary

Anthropology and sociology deal with human behaviours in their social context. This degree gives you a comprehensive grounding in these converging subjects, so you'll develop an understanding of their shared traditions and differences in perspective. Why study BA Anthropology & Sociology at Goldsmiths

  • The degree is divided evenly between anthropology and sociology, so you'll get a solid grounding in both subjects.
  • The dynamic nature of the degree means you’ll be able to bring an interdisciplinary angle to any problem, whether that’s arguing your perspective in an essay or coming up with novel solutions in your future career.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, as well as various NGOs, law companies and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consultancies.
  • In your third year, you’ll be able to choose from a range of option modules, tailoring your learning in a way that suits your interests and aspirations. You might choose to explore topics like gender theory, environmental anthropology, or borders and migration.
  • Our academics are responsible for actively shaping disciplines – they are pioneers in their fields, playing key roles in developing awareness of society and culture.


Year 1 In your first year, you'll learn the main theories within social anthropology, and will be introduced to ethnography and anthropological methodological practice. You'll complete five compulsory modules and one optional module. Compulsory modules You'll complete the following compulsory modules: Being Related Approaches to Contemporary Anthropology Anthropological Methods Modern Knowledge, Modern Power Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1A Optional modules You'll take one of the following three optional modules: Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1B Culture and Society B Imaginative Criminology Year 2 In your second year, you'll take the following compulsory modules: Thinking Anthropologically Critical Ecologies: black, indigenous and transnational feminist approaches Philosophical and Methodological Issues in Sociology and Anthropology Governing Everyday Life You'll also take the following optional modules: 15 credits of optional modules from a list provided annually by the. This includes the option to take a Sociology Work Placement. 15 credits of optional modules from a list provided annually. A further 15 credits from either the Department of Sociology, the Department of Anthropology, or the Goldsmiths Social Change module or Goldsmiths Elective. Year 2 Recent second year Anthropology modules have included: Anthropology of Religion Anthropology and Public Policy Indigenous Cosmopolitics, Anthropology and Global Justice Year 2 Recent second year Sociology modules have included: Social Change and Political Action Sociology Work Placement The Body: Social Theory and Social Practice Sex, Drugs & Technology Leisure, Culture and Society Organisations and Society London Social Change and Political Action Food and Taste Religion, Crime, and Law Crimes Against Humanity Year 3 In your final year, you'll take the following compulsory module from the Department of Sociology: Confronting climate crisis You'll then choose: 30 credits from modules offered by the Department of Sociology. 30 Credits from modules offered by the Department of Anthropology. 45 credits to be used across any of the optional modules from the two departments. Year 3 Recent third year Anthropology modules have included: Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology Anthropology of Health and Medicine Anthropology of Art Anthropology and the Environment Anthropology of Development Anthropology and Gender Theory Anthropology of Rights Multimodal Experiments Anthropology of Violence Anthropology in Public Practice Learning from Social Movements Borders and Migration Digital Anthropology Anthropology and the Visual: Production Module Critical Voices in Development Environmental Anthropology Ethnographic Film and Cinema Studies Anthropology of Religion Theorising the Visual Economic and Political Anthropology 1 Material Culture Year 3 Recent third year Sociology modules have included: Sociologies of Emerging Worlds Philosophy, Politics and Alterity Identity and Contemporary Social Theory Law, Identity and Ethics Analysing the Complexity of Contemporary Religious Life Race, Racism and Social Theory Citizenship and Human Rights Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture Social Theory Through Film Globalisation, Crime and Justice Crimes of the Powerful 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, examinations, group work and projects.

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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 Year 1 of the programme.

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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