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Anthropology and Sociology

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Sociology

Anthropology

There are several areas of overlap between Anthropology and Sociology, making them particularly suitable for combination in a joint honours degree. The BA Anthropology and Sociology course combines modules from the BA Anthropology and BA Sociology providing a comprehensive understanding of humans as social and cultural beings.

**Year 1**
In the first year, you take a selection of modules from across the two Departments (i.e. Anthropology and Sociology):
Compulsory theory modules: People and Cultures and/or Classical Sociological Theory
Compulsory research modules: Doing Anthropological Research or Social Research Methods

Optional modules:
Being Human / Critical Scholarship in the Social Sciences / Health, Illness and Society /Human Evolution and Diversity / Introduction to Criminological Theory / Societies in Transition (double module)

**Year 2**
Students currently select a mixture of modules from both Anthropology and Sociology, either split evenly or weighted towards one or the other disciplines, including compulsory research training in either Anthropology or Sociology as preparation for the final year dissertation module.
Compulsory research modules: Research Methods in Action (double module) or Anthropological Field Course / Interrogating Anthropology

Optional modules currently available in Sociology:
Communities and Social Justice / Contemporary Criminological Theory / Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory / Police and Policing / Self, Identity and Society / Sociology of Education / Sociological Approaches to Violence and Abuse

Optional modules currently available in Anthropology:
Evolutionary Variation and Adaptation / Global Health and Disease / Kinship and Religion / Our Place in Nature / Politics and Economics / Sex, Reproduction and Love

**Year 3**
You take a 40-credit Dissertation in Anthropology or a 40-credit Dissertation in Sociology in view of previous training in social research. Additionally, students currently take up to 60 credits of modules in each Department.

Optional modules in Anthropology:
Specialised Aspects in Evolutionary Anthropology (20 or 40 credits)
Specialised Aspects in Health and Medical Anthropology (20 or 40 credits)
Specialised Aspects in Social Anthropology (20 or 40 credits)

Example modules in Sociology:
Community Placement / Cybercrime: Crime in the Information Age / Drugs, Crime and Society / Issues in Criminal Justice / Social Policy / Sociology of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation / Sociology of Health and Medicine / Sociology of Work and Professions / Young People, Crime and Justice

**Study Abroad**
Anthropology: 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 degrees, 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.

Sociology and Criminology: We are part of the ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country.

We currently have links with the universities of Helsinki in Finland and Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Students can also apply to the university-wide international exchange programme with universities in North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

Year 1
In the first year, you take a selection of modules from across the two departments (i.e. Anthropology and Sociology):

Compulsory theory modules:
People and Cultures
and/or

Classical Sociological Theory.
Compulsory research modules:
Doing Anthropological Research
or

Social Research Methods.
Optional modules:
Being Human
Critical Scholarship in the Social Sciences
Health, Illness and Society
Human Evolution and Diversity
Introduction to Criminological Theory
Societies in Transition (double module)
Year 2
Students currently select a mixture of modules from both Anthropology and Sociology, either split evenly or weighted towards one or the other disciplines, including compulsory research training in either Anthropology or Sociology as preparation for the final year dissertation module.

Compulsory research modules:
Research Methods in Action (double module)
or

Anthropological Field Course
Research Project Design.
Optional modules currently available in Sociology:
Communities and Social Justice
Contemporary Criminological Theory
Modern and Contemporary Sociological Theory
Police and Policing
Self, Identity and Society
Sociology of Education
Sociological Approaches to Violence and Abuse.
Optional modules currently available in Anthropology:
Evolutionary Variation and Adaptation
Global Health and Disease
Kinship and Religion
Our Place in Nature
Politics and Economics
Sex, Reproduction and Love
Reading Ethnography
Biology, Culture and Society.
Year 3
You take a 40-credit Dissertation in Anthropology or a 40-credit Dissertation in Sociology in view of previous training in social research. Additionally, students currently take up to 60 credits of modules in each Department.

Optional modules in Anthropology:
Specialised Aspects in Evolutionary Anthropology
Specialised Aspects in Health and Medical Anthropology
Specialised Aspects in Social Anthropology.
Example modules in Sociology:
Community Placement
Cybercrime: Crime in the Information Age
Drugs, Crime and Society
Issues in Criminal Justice
Social Policy
Sociology of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Sociology of Work and Professions
Young People, Crime and Justice.

Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.

The Uni


Course locations:

Trevelyan College

St Aidan's College

Josephine Butler College

Grey College

South College

St Chad's College

College of St Hild and St Bede

St Cuthbert's Society

St Mary's College

John Snow College

Stephenson College

University College

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Collingwood College

St John's College

Van Mildert College

Hatfield College

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Anthropology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Sociology
82%
med
Anthropology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
A

Anthropology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Business, research and administrative professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,450
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
60%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

This is a pretty flexible degree and a good one if you want to keep your options open. Just over 1,250 graduates completed anthropology degrees last year, and they were well spread out across a whole range of jobs — many industries have jobs that can be done by anthropology graduates and unlike a lot of degrees, there aren't many jobs we can point to and say ‘graduates from this degree do that job’. Management, marketing, housing and recruitment jobs are the most popular, though, and many graduates go into the education or social care sectors. Graduates are also rather more likely than average to work in London, or to go overseas to work. This is quite a popular subject at postgraduate level, and if you want to go into research, you'll need to think about postgrad study - and it's one of the few where numbers are on the up at the moment.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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