Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

Course Modules

Level 4 - In your first year you'll learn the main theories within social anthropology, and will be introduced to ethnography and anthropological methodological practice. For the sociology element you'll look at the subject's key texts and thinkers, and will develop an overview of the discipline's development and distinguishing features.

You take the following five compulsory modules (three from Anthropology and two from Sociology):

Critical Readings: The Emergence of Sociological Rationality

Modern Knowledge, Modern Power

Introduction to Social Anthropology

Anthropological Methods

Ethnography of a Selected Region

Level 5 - You choose one Sociology option and then take the following six compulsory modules (two from Sociology, three from Anthropology and a 'link' module which is taught jointly by both Departments):

Central Issues in Sociological Analysis

The Making of the Modern World

Anthropology of Religion

Anthropology and the Visual

Politics, Economics and Social Change

Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Sociology and Anthropology

Level 6 - You take a compulsory module for Sociology at Level 6: Theorising Contemporary Society

You will then choose a minimum of 30 credits of Sociology options, a minimum of 30 credits of Anthropology options, and 45 credits from either department.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:

21/09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees

Qualifications required:

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