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Do you want to become an expert on the most pressing issues facing human culture? When you choose Social Anthropology at Oxford Brookes, you’re choosing to explore everything from sexual harassment, to gender and prejudice in sports, while gaining the skills for a fantastic career.
You’ll be taught by world-class, published academics, who are leading experts in Social Anthropology. You’ll join a tremendously supportive, dynamic department, where you’ll have access to the latest thinking, and develop excellent research skills. Whether you’re investigating the role of ghosts and monsters in Japanese folklore, or the relationship between humans and animals, you’ll unlock your potential for excellence, and pursue your own research interests.
Uniquely, the expertise of our teaching staff includes:
- Sociocultural and Biological Anthropology
- Archeology and Primatology
meaning that you’ll benefit from a dynamic mixture of disciplines in your degree, accelerating your chances of success.
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Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
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Learning and assessment
Your learning is informed by the research of our leading staff, so you’ll always be taught by an expert.
In Year 1, you’ll gain the core concepts and skills you need for your degree. You’ll take four compulsory modules, which will give you a strong grounding in the key concepts of Social Anthropology.
In Year 2, you’ll take three compulsory modules. You’ll also choose from a range of exciting optional modules, exploring topics from gender and the body in Japan, to the role of rituals in culture. In Years 2 and 3, you’ll also take at least one of the alternative compulsory modules, where you’ll understand some key topics in Social Anthropology.
In Year 3 you’ll take at least six honours modules, including your Social Anthropology Dissertation. Your dissertation gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you, with the support of an expert tutor.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
Anthropology, with its interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, as well as its emphasis on inter-cultural understanding, gives you flexibility and a wider view of the world which often proves attractive to employers. Our graduates have made successful careers in a wide variety of professions, including government civil service, international aid and international development, non-governmental organisations, charity organisations, environment and conservation organisations, management, human resources, marketing, teaching, lecturing, film and journalism, advertising, museum and heritage management. Students also often go on to post-graduate study.
Visiting speakers from various employment sectors including government, international development, non-governmental organisations and charities, environmental conservation, are invited to deliver lectures and seminars. Researchers from national and international institutions are invited to weekly seminar series hosted by our Faculty Research Centres which include The Anthropology Centre for Conservation, Environment and Development, The Europe Japan Research Centre, The Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society, and the seminar series hosted by the Primate Conservation MSc course.
Students also have access to the events hosted by the University Careers and Employment Centre.
Many of our graduates are currently engaged in further study in Anthropology and also in a range of other subjects, such as Education, Archaeology, Geography, International Relations, Security and Society, History, and Primate Conservation, with many choosing to continue these studies at Oxford Brookes.
"I can definitely count the sophisticated writing, critical thinking, presentation and group work skills that I’ve gained from my time at Brookes as being things that I utilise now in my postgraduate studies – and these skills will definitely make me attractive to employers"Read more about Bethany
"Before university I really struggled with motivation but having such an interesting course has made it so much easier to find that motivation"Read more about Freya
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Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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