Department of Social Sciences

  • Anthropology (BA, BSc and Postgraduate Diploma)

    Induction timetable


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

    Here is a list of the main events involving Anthropology students in Induction Week (16-20 September). 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.

    Don't forget to enrol online before you arrive so you can collect your student card. When you collect your card you will need to have appropriate photo Identification.

    Event Time Location

    Tuesday 17 September

    Student Card Collection - only for those students who still need a card 11.50 Student Central counter, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Visa enrolment - for students who require a study visa

    11.50 Library Training room, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    Anthropology Induction (for all Anthropology students) 13:00-16:00 G301 Gibbs Building, Headington Campus

    Wednesday 18 September

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

    Thursday 19 September

    Subject Meeting 1 10:00-11:00
    G301, Gibbs Building, 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 11:00-12:00 G301, Gibbs Building, 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 14:00-16:00 You will find out who your Academic Advisor is when you arrive.

    Module Registration Help desk

    (timetable and programme queries)

    Drop-in from 12:00-15:00 JHB404, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Friday 20 September

    Freshers' Fair 10:00-16:00
    John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    Module Registration Help desk

    (only for students who have missed the Thursday deadline)

    Drop-in from 10:00-17:00 JHB403, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries.

    All Days

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

    Key contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:

    Contact Contact details
    Head of Department Dr Louella Matsunaga
    Programme Lead Dr Louella Matsunaga
    Subject Coordinator Dr Jason Danely
    Student Support Coordinator Ms Mandy Archer
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Jo Akers
    Programme Administrator Ms Lauren Hall

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year Anthropology modules. Please note that you are not required to buy 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.

    Module Book details
    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).
    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
    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
    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
    Totman, C. (2005) A History of Japan. 2nd edn. Malden, Mass. Blackwell Publishing

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for Anthropology. You should meet your Academic Advisor in their 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.

    Name Room Phone Alternative arrangement
    Dr Thomas Chambers G508a 48 3749 Wednesday 25th September (Week 1) drop in from 10.00 to 13.00 in his office.
    Dr Susan Cheyne G207 48 3970
    Dr Jason Danely G505a 48 3975
    Dr Jennifer Diggins G507 48 3759
    Dr Giuseppe Donati G503a 48 3780
    Professor Catherine Hill G218 48 3757
    Professor Jeremy MacClancy G415b 48 3951
    Dr Louella Matsunaga G403 48 4026
    Professor Anna Nekaris G123 48 3767
    Professor Vincent Nijman G407 48 3760
    Dr Sam Smith G406a 48 4333
    Dr Simon Underdown G502 48 3718 Monday 23 September (Week 1), 12.00-13.00
    Dr Ross Wignall G402a 48 4011 Tue 24 September (Week 1) 16.00 - 18.00