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Anthropology

The aim of studying Anthropology is to provide greater insight into the following - Who are the ancestors of modern humans? How do humans behave? Why are there differences between humans? People who are inquisitive of how we have come about and why the world has developed the way it has will not only enjoy studying Anthropology, but thrive in a learning environment with like-minded students.

Anthropology has traditionally been divided into four fields

 

  • Biological or Physical Anthropology

  • Cultural Anthropology

  • Archaeology

  • Anthropological Linguistics

 

You will need to look at the individual university websites to see which specific papers they are offering, as some tend to only specialise in cultural/social anthropology principles. 

 

Topics you may cover

  • Biological or Physical Anthropology: looking at how the world became populated with humans using an evolutionary framework.
     
  • Ethnic Relations: taking a deeper look into the social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities for example racism and residential segregation.
     
  • Migration: looking at the past and present movement of races and ethnicities across the globe. Look at the intentions, outcomes and experiences of migrants and broader concepts of belonging.
     
  • Cultural Anthropology: concepts and approaches to kinship, marriage, divorce and gender and the differences across cultures. 

 

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropologists examine cultural patterns and how they shape the unique experiences of people from different societies. They do this through methods of observation. That is, they observe the language, daily habits, customs and traditions of a group of people. This allows them to describe, draw theory from and compare the life experiences of a cultural group.

 

Topics you may cover

  • Ritual
  • Symbolism
  • Language
  • Personality
  • Religion
  • Inequality
  • Gender
  • Family
  • Art
  • Politics

     

You will learn about how societies give meaning to their lives and existence on Earth. A large component of this subject is comparing societies to help us understand what it means to be human. You will compare the experiences of people living in developed versus developing countries in both rural and urban areas. You will look at how different cultures interact and the effect of globalisation on human rights, politics, economies, religion, etc.