Anthropology offers a unique and powerful means for understanding cultural and social diversity in the modern world. It considers issues which can lead to mind blowing revelations about how individuals and cultures experience life differently. Anthropology is concerned with contemporary issues such as multiculturalism, identity politics, racism and ethnic nationalism, changing forms of the family, religious conflict, gender, and the political role of culture. It also addresses perennial questions about human nature, such as: ‘What do we have in common with each other cross-culturally?’ and ‘What makes us different?’. If you are intrigued by these questions and want to study a discipline that will enrich your everyday life as well as equip you for a great variety of occupations, anthropology is the right course for you. Our rigorous programme gives you the freedom to choose one of our pathway options:- -Anthropology -Anthropology (Childhood, Youth and Education) -Anthropology (Global Health) -Anthropology (Development, War and Humanitarian Assistance) Through a set of compulsory modules in your first year, you will gain a firm foundation in the central themes and debates in anthropology as you are introduced to the international work carried out by the teaching staff that explores the practicalities of undertaking anthropological fieldwork. Towards the end of your first year, you get to choose your degree pathway – either to remain on the general Anthropology route or to specialise in Anthropology (Childhood, Youth and Education), Anthropology (Development, War and Humanitarian Assistance), or Anthropology (Global Health). In years two and three, you will follow a pre-set group of compulsory modules according to your pathway choice, plus optional modules choices according to your interests. A special feature of the course at Brunel is the opportunity to do fieldwork placements anywhere in the world according to your anthropological interests. Fieldwork is excellent preparation for work and a chance to make useful contacts and will help to add greater meaning to academic studies. Around half of Brunel’s anthropology students carry out a placement or fieldwork abroad, in places as wide ranging as India, Nepal, Australia, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Jamaica. Recent UK placement destinations include the Royal Anthropological Institute, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Amnesty International and the Department of Health. Examples of dissertation titles based on fieldwork findings have included work in a Nepalese monastery, a South African women’s refuge, the Police Complaints Authority (on the Stephen Lawrence case), as well as in schools and charities. Outside of classes, you can look forward to a one of the most cultural diverse campuses in the UK with opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Additionally, Brunel’s anthropological student society arrange class trips to places like the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford, and the campus’s London location makes it ideal for exploring places like the British Museum in Central London. This is a four-year course with two six-month placements.
Compulsory Year 1 Introduction to Anthropology: Themes Fieldwork Encounters: Thinking Through Ethnography Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and Ways of Thinking Research Methods in Anthropology Anthropology and Contemporary Debates Practising Anthropology 1 Compulsory Year 2 Ethnicity, Culture and Identity Kinship, Sex and Gender Political and Economic Issues in Anthropology Practising Anthropology 2 Optional Ethnography of a Selected Region Ethnography of a Selected Region 2 Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings Global Health in Anthropological Perspective Anthropology of Education and Learning Understanding Childhood and Youth Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism Critical Perspectives on International Development Compulsory Year 3 Contemporary Anthropological Theory Social Anthropology Dissertation Optional Year 3 Anthropology of the Person Anthropology of the Body Themes in Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology Medical Anthropology in Clinical and Community Settings Anthropology of Education and Learning Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism Critical Perspectives on International Development Global Health in Anthropological Perspective Understanding Childhood and Youth Ethnography of a Selected Region Ethnography of a Selected Region 2 For further information on degree content, please visit the Brunel website: www.brunel.ac.uk/anthropology
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||with no less than 5.5 in each subsection|
|Institution's Own Test||with no less than 55% in each subsection|
|TOEFL (iBT)||90||with a minimum of: Reading - 18 Listening - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17|
|PTE Academic||59||with a minimum of 59 in all subscores|
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|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
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