L602 Anthropology BA Undergraduate 2018
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In your first year, 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. Currently, students take four compulsory modules in Anthropology and select two elective modules offered by other departments, including the option to study a module in a modern foreign language.
Compulsory modules currently available:
- People and Cultures
- Human Evolution and Diversity
- Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Methods
- Health, Illness and Society.
In your second year, you will develop a deeper and more complex grasp of anthropology, enriched by the detailed study of biological, social and medical anthropology, as well as anthropological theory and methods. Currently students have the opportunity to pursue their individual anthropological interests through an elective module chosen from the remaining anthropology modules.
Modules and choices currently available
All students take:
- Biology, Culture and Society
- Methods and Analysis
together with one module from each of the lists (Biological/Evolutionary Anthropology, Medical Anthropology and Social Anthropology) below, plus an additional module from any one of these lists (no module can be chosen more than once):
Biological / Evolutionary Anthropology
- Our Place in Nature
- Evolution, Variation and Adaptation
- Ecology, Genomics and Health.
- Sex, Reproduction and Love
- International Health and Development
- Ecology, Genomics and Health.
- Political and Economic Organisation
- Cultures and Classifications.
Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad)
In your final year, you can tailor the course to your own maturing interests by selecting the modules that appeal to you most, provided you have completed the necessary pre-requisite (preparatory) modules. In the third year, all students undertake a dissertation, but currently can otherwise choose modules that most interest them. The Anthropology Department at Durham encourages an interdisciplinary perspective, and we offer a broad range of modules. You may also substitute one module from another department including a modern foreign language module. Final year modules are generally based on the research expertise of staff, and reflect the University’s ideal of research-led education. In your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to put your own research skills into practice. Students in their third year are also invited to attend the regular round of research seminars given by visiting scholars or Durham-based researchers, and thus can participate in a key forum for current innovative research.
Optional modules currently available include:
- Business Anthropology: Global and Glocal Competencies
- Hunters and Gatherers Past and Present
- Material Culture
- Nutritional and Disease Ecology
- Change and Development
- Social Evolution
- Field Course
- Violence and Memory
- Power and Governance
- Science, Culture and Ethics
- Anthropology of Conflict and Law
- Cognitive Anthropology
- Human Reproductive Ecology
- Evolutionary Medicine: Life History Theory
- Anthropology of Care
- Forensic Anthropology
- A module in a modern foreign language, or
- One open Level 3 module offered by another department.
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 programmes, 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, with new opportunities being added every year. We also run a third-year Field Course module, involving fieldwork at our South African field site.
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Course Learning and Teaching
As a student on the BA Anthropology degree, your learning will be supported by formal teaching sessions, such as lectures and smaller-group teaching in seminars and practical classes.
The Anthropology Department has anthropometric equipment, a skeletal collection, a fossil cast collection, a material culture collection and other practical resources that are used in relevant modules, and you may also be able to use these independently, to supplement your learning or for project work.
As you move through your BA Anthropology programme, you will shift from being consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. To help develop this independence, you will spend part of your time engaged in self-directed study, which will include reading, project work and preparation for classes. In your third year, you will undertake a dissertation on an anthropological topic of your choice, giving you the opportunity to engage in a major piece of independent work.
Assessment on the BA Anthropology degree varies by module, but may include written examinations, coursework in the form of essays or research projects, and presentations.
You will be given an Academic Adviser when you start your degree, and will normally keep the same Adviser for the duration of your studies. Academic Advisers are there to support your academic work by providing advice about such things as study skills, module choices, dissertation topics, and applications for further study or employment. As well as discussing your academic work with your nominated Adviser, you are encouraged to make use of the Feedback and Consultation hours provided by academic staff during term-time. These Feedback and Consultation hours give you the opportunity to discuss your work with module tutors, for example to seek clarification on complex ideas, get suggestions for additional readings, and receive further feedback on assessments.
As a student in the Anthropology Department, you will be welcomed into the wider Departmental community, and can attend an extensive programme of research-focused Departmental and research group seminars where academic staff, postgraduate students and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research, which may provide inspiration for your dissertation topic and even future study or employment.
Subject requirements, level and grade
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
- We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors
- Typical IB score 36 to include 665 in higher level subjects
- If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses
- If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre
- We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.
Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A-levels with an English examination board.
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Durham Anthropology graduates have excellent employment prospects in a wide range of possible careers
Career Opportunities and Employability
Durham Anthropology graduates leave our programmes with excellent employment prospects. In the latest HESA survey [Guardian University Guide 2014] Durham Anthropology was recognised as having a 66% employment rate 6 months after graduation, the 2nd highest amongst anthropology departments in the UK returning such statistics.
With an anthropology degree our students acquire a knowledge base which is both fascinating and useful as well as having an unusual mix of intellectual and practical skills. This combination is much sought after by employers worldwide and particularly so where creativity, curiosity and the ability to understand human culture and society are at a premium - which, in practice, is in most situations.
Our graduates use their anthropology directly in fields such as health, community work, conservation, education, international development, culture and heritage. A significant number progress into careers which at first sight have no direct link to Anthropology but which nonetheless utilise the broad understanding of human society and behaviour and the many important transferable skills that come with the study of Anthropology. Employment fields falling into this category include advertising, publishing, journalism, human resource management, public relations, finance, law, consultancy and marketing.
The quality of teaching on our programmes is further underpinned by a wide range of opportunities for work placements, research internships, study abroad and fieldwork both the UK and abroad.
Of thse students who graduated in 2015:
- 87% are in paid employment or further study 6 months after graduation
Of those in employment:
- 75% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £22,521 (compared to average UK salary for similar courses of £19,000)
(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2014/15 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here: www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/destinations
A large proportion of our students progress onto higher level study following their degree in Anthropology. Many remain within their academic field of interest and pursue higher level anthropological research, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions including Imperial, University College London, London School of Economics, Manchester and York. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in both related (development studies, international relations, public health, nursing, medicine, youth work, social work, human resource management, education, social policy, museum studies) and non-related fields (law, finance, marketing, management, journalism and publishing).
The Anthropology degree gives you a thorough grounding in anthropology: offering interesting optional modules enabling you to explore people's customs, health care systems and cultures all over the world both past and present. I feel lucky to have found a degree that grabbed my interest from the onset. Since graduating, I’ve qualified as a teacher and as a Careers Advisor working in graduate positions.
Employment Development Opportunities
The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works with closely the department in facilitating student access to job and work experience opportunities, careers and employability events, employer workshops and presentations, skills programmes and tailored individual careers guidance. A dedicated Careers Adviser is available to support Anthropology students individually and collectively.
We're interested in talented students applying to us with strong academics, but just as important are your employability skills – including impact, drive, flexibility, curiosity, integrity and commercial awareness. The skills students develop throughout university shape their employability and our aim is to help students to understand how they can transfer these skills in to the workplace. Applicants who stand out are those who've done research and are well prepared. As a leading employer of graduates, we recognise the important role played by the Careers and Employability Centre at the University of Durham by encouraging students to meet local and national employers and producing high-calibre, motivated individuals who are ready to enter the world of professional services. We recruit a number of students every year onto our Insight and graduate programmes from Durham University.
Durham University Anthropology graduates progress into an incredibly diverse range of careers and employment sectors. Some graduates apply their academic study directly within a number of relevant sectors including health, community, conservation, education, international development, culture and heritage. A significant number progress into careers with no direct link to Anthropology but which utilise the transferable skills developed including advertising, publishing, journalism, human resource management, public relations, finance, law, consultancy and marketing. Examples of high profile recent employers of Anthropology graduates include Shell, NHS, Office for National Statistics, CST Advertising as well as interntaionally recognised organisations such as Save teh Children, Survival and Amnesty International.
Work Experience & Study Abroad
Via the Erasmus programme we have agreements with universities in Czech Republic, Iceland, France, Spain, Germany, Slovenia and Malta.
Students are encouraged to undertake fieldwork or appropriate laboratory work as part of research methods and dissertation modules on their degree courses. These activities give them valuable 'real world' experience. We also encourage our students to take advantage of volunteering and other opportunities whenever they can.
As well as medical students on their community placements, Thrive Thornaby has benefited from the involvement of an Anthropology student working with Student Community Action. The arrangement has been beneficial to both parties. For Thrive, we have benefited from highly capable volunteers, 'self-starters' - capable of sourcing, developing and maintaining relationships with households on low-income who were deemed by other agencies as 'hard-to-reach'. From the students' point of view, the work offered them the opportunity to engage with people in poverty on terms they hadn't done so far and might not do in their future careers. They learned first-hand about the complex nature of debt, health and how people get by. This experience will stand them in good stead, whatever they go on to do, I'm sure.
Open days and visits
Pre-application open day
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Have you ever really thought about what it means to be human?
If you have and you wanted to learn more, then anthropology is for you. Our degrees are distinctive for their breadth and interdisciplinary approach. They introduce you to the comparative and evolutionary study of humans and draw on a range of social, cultural and biological perspectives. Our teaching is research-led and places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives. The value of an anthropology degree is increasingly recognised by employers, and the broad training provided
at Durham University makes our graduates highly sought after.
We will expand your world in four ways: by showing you new intellectual horizons; by teaching you about the wider world and our place in it; by equipping you for a host of opportunities; and by influencing your world through research that has global significance.
In Year 3, you may have the opportunity to take part in our Field Course module, which includes a two-week stay at the Anthropology Field Station in the Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa. Here you take part in a range of activities, including observations of habituated wild primates and a home stay in a rural community to learn about the interdisciplinary approaches we use in our research.
- Ranked 9th in The Complete University Guide 2016.
The Department offers excellent facilities including superb collections of primate/human skeletal material and fossil hominid casts, an impressive collection of ethnographic art and material culture items, and an expanding collection of online films and video content. You will benefit from modern, purpose-built facilities, including comprehensively equipped teaching laboratories and use of lecture theatres and classrooms with excellent audio-visual equipment. We have a range of research labs (Sleep Lab, Hormone Lab, Physical Activity Lab, Bioinformatics Lab, Paleoanthropology Lab) and other facilities such as the Material Culture Collection that can be used by students for undergraduate and MAnth Dissertation research and training.