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.

' The degree is divided evenly between the two subjects, so you'll look at cultural difference and non'Western societies, as well as the sociology of industrial societies.

' Our academics are responsible for actively shaping the disciplines – they are pioneers in their fields, playing key roles in the development of contemporary social and cultural understandings.

' We look at the subjects from a contemporary perspective, which means that what you learn in the classroom will be relevant in a variety of public domains, in Britain and elsewhere.

' We have a diverse, dynamic and motivated group of students.

' You'll develop an understanding of human behaviour and organisation, which will be useful to a number of different career paths.

' Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and CSR consultancies.

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 I

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. The balance of Level 6 is made up of options chosen from departments. You may also choose to do a Dissertation in Sociology or Anthropology.

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

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees