Department of Social Sciences

  • Anthropology (BA, BSc or DAN)

    • Biological Anthropology
    • Social Anthropology
    • Single honours Anthropology
    • Combined honours Anthropology
    • Diploma in Anthropology

    Induction Timetable

    Monday 17 - Friday 21 September: Induction Week (Week 0)

    Events in bold are COMPULSORY.

    Once you've had a look at your timetable for the week, click on our Welcome page, which contains lots of other useful information.




    Tuesday 18 September

    Anthropology Induction and Enrolment (for all Anthropology students) Start at 09:00
    Finish at 12:30
    Sports Studio, Centre for Sport, Headington Campus

    Wednesday 19 September

    Freshers' Sports Fair 10:00 to 16:00 Centre for Sport, Headington Campus

    Thursday 20 September

    Subject Meeting 1 Start at 10:00
    Finish at 11:00
    G301, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    All single honours students must attend this meeting.
    Combined honours students can choose to attend this meeting or the 11am meeting (see below).
    Subject Meeting 2 Start at 11:00
    Finish at 12:00
    G301, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    Combined honours students should attend meetings for both subjects but can choose which meeting to attend first.
    Meet Your Academic Advisor Drop-in from
    14:00 to 16:00
    Check on your PIP page when you print your timetable for their name and room number.
    PIP Helpdesk (First Years only) Drop-in from
    14:00 to 17:00
    G110, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries

    Friday 21 September

    Freshers' Fair 10:00 to 16:00
    John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    PIP Helpdesk (All students) Drop-in from
    11:00 to 17:00
    G110, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries.

    All Days

    Various Workshops and Events See Workshops and Events page for details.

    Subject Codes

    All subjects within the University have a unique subject code. For Anthropology, they are as follows:

    Subject Code


    AN AN is combined honours Anthropology i.e. students are combining Anthropology with another subject. Students will be studying for a BA or BSc dependent on their second subject.
    AX AX is single honours Anthropology i.e. students study only Anthropology. Students will be studying for a BSc.
    BAX BAX is single honours Biological Anthropology i.e. students study only Biological Anthropology. Students will be studying for a BSc.
    SAX SAX is single honours Social Anthropology i.e. students study only Social Anthropology. Students will be studying for a BA.
    DAN DAN students are studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Anthropology.

    Key Contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:


    Contact Details

    Head of Department Dr Abbey Halcli
    Programme Lead Dr Louella Matsunaga
    Subject Coordinator Dr Giuseppe Donati
    Student Support Coordinator Ms Mandy Archer
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Jo Akers
    Programme Administrator Ms Lauren Hall +44 (0)1865 483750

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year Anthropology modules. Please note that you are not required to get these books in advance. They are shown for those students who want to make a head start on the reading. Full reading lists for each module will be given in your lectures.


    Book Details

    U20102 Introduction to Biological Anthropology Boyd, R. and Silk, J.B. (2014). How Humans Evolved. 7th edn. London: Norton
    Jurmain, R., Kilgore, L., Trevathan, W., Ciochon, R.L. and Bartelink, E. (2017). Introduction to Physical Anthropology. 15th edn. Boston, MA: Cengage. A special version of this book, designed by your lecturers, can be found here for significantly less than the normal selling price (and this is the version we recommend).
    U20103 Deep History Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (2008). Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. 5th edn. London: Thames & Hudson (key text)
    Scarre, C. (ed.) (2013). Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies. 3rd edn. London: Thames & Hudson
    U20104 Introduction to Social Anthropology Durrenberger, E.P. and Erem, S. (2015). Anthropology Unbound: A Field Guide to the 21st Century. 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    Eriksen, T.H. (2004). What is Anthropology? London: Pluto
    Eriksen, T.H. (2015). Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology. 4th edn. London: Pluto
    U20105 Introduction to Japanese Society and Culture Hendry, J. (2013). Understanding Japanese Society. 4th edn. Abingdon: Routledge
    Sugimoto, Y. (2014). An Introduction to Japanese Society. 4th edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for Anthropology. You will be notified of who your Academic Advisor is when you enrol. You should meet your Academic Advisor in his/her room on Thursday Week 0 between 2pm and 4pm. If there is any change to this, it will be shown in the Alternative Arrangement column.




    Alternative Arrangement

    Dr Thomas Chambers G508a 48 3749  
    Dr Susan Cheyne G223 48 4938  
    Dr Jason Danely G505a 48 3975  
    Dr Jennifer Diggins G402a 48 4011  
    Dr Giuseppe Donati G503a 48 3780  
    Professor Catherine Hill G218 48 3757 9am to 1pm, Monday 24th Sept. 
    Professor Jeremy MacClancy G415b 48 3951  
    Dr Louella Matsunaga G507 48 4026  
    Professor Anna Nekaris G124 48 3767 3pm to 4pm, Wednesday 19th Sept. 
    Professor Vincent Nijman G407 48 3760  
    Dr Sam Smith G406a 48 4333  
    Dr Simon Underdown G502 48 3718  
    Dr Julie Valk G505a 48 3975  
    Dr Ross Wignall G402a 48 4011 10am to 12pm, Tuesday 25th Sept.