Anthropology and sociology deal with human behaviours in their social context. This degree gives you a comprehensive grounding in these converging subjects, so you'll develop an understanding of their shared traditions and differences in perspective.
Why study BA Anthropology & Sociology at Goldsmiths?
- The degree is divided evenly between the two subjects, so you'll look at cultural difference and non-Western societies, as well as the sociology of industrial societies
- Our academics are responsible for actively shaping the disciplines – they are pioneers in their fields, playing key roles in the development of contemporary social and cultural understandings
- We look at the subjects from a contemporary perspective, which means that what you learn in the classroom will be relevant in a variety of public domains, in Britain and elsewhere
- We have a diverse, dynamic and motivated group of students
- You'll develop an understanding of human behaviour and organisation, which will be useful to a number of different career paths
- Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, NGOs, law companies and CSR consultancies
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Sari Wastell
Modules & structure
In your first year you'll learn the main theories within social anthropology, and will be introduced to ethnography and anthropological methodological practice. For the sociology element you'll look at the subject's key texts and thinkers, and will develop an overview of the discipline's development and distinguishing features.
You take the following five compulsory modules (three from Anthropology and two from Sociology):
|Critical Readings: The Emergence of Sociological Rationality||30 credits|
|Modern Knowledge, Modern Power||30 credits|
|Introduction to Social Anthropology||30 credits|
|Anthropological Methods||15 credits|
|Ethnography of a Selected Region I||15 credits|
You choose one Sociology option and then take the following six compulsory modules (two from Sociology, three from Anthropology and a 'link' module which is taught jointly by both Departments):
|Central Issues in Sociological Analysis||15 credits|
|The Making of the Modern World||15 credits|
|Anthropology of Religion||30 credits|
|Anthropology and the Visual||15 credits|
|Politics, Economics and Social Change||15 credits|
|Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Sociology and Anthropology||15 credits|
You take a compulsory Sociology module:
|Theorising Contemporary Society||15 credits|
You also choose two Sociology options, and select two Anthropology options from a selection that has recently included:
|Anthropology of Art||15 credits|
|Anthropology of Development||15 credits|
|Anthropology and the Environment||15 credits|
|Anthropology and Gender Theory||15 credits|
|Anthropology of Rights||30 credits|
|Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course||30 credits|
|Gender Theory in Practice||30 credits|
|Health, Medicine and Social Power||15 credits|
|Urban Anthropology||15 credits|
The balance of Level 6 is made up of options chosen from departments.
You may also choose to do a Dissertation in Sociology or Anthropology.
College regulations determine the exact balance of modules between the departments and these are explained carefully when you make your third-year choices.
Unseen examination papers, take-home papers, reports, practical projects, and assessed coursework.
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
International Baccalaureate: 33 points including three HL subjects
We don't assume you have any knowledge of anthropology, and welcome applications from anyone with arts, social studies or science backgrounds.
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including a number of distinctions/merits in subject specific modules
Scottish qualifications: ABBBC/BBBBC (Higher), ABC/BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 77%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A2 B1/A1 A1 A2 B2
If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Read more about our general entrance requirements.
Anthropology at Goldsmiths is ranked 6th in the UK for the quality of our research**
Investigate a variety of fascinating areas that have real relevance to modern life.
As a department we’re interested in pushing the discipline forward. We’re known for pioneering new fields including visual anthropology and the anthropology of modernity. And we tackle other contemporary issues like urban planning, development, emotions and aesthetics, and new social movements.
Find out more about the Department of Anthropology.
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
Sociology at Goldsmiths is ranked:
9th in the UK and 45th in the world for this subject area**
9th in the UK for the quality of our research***
The Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths is active, contemporary and inventive. We are interested in everything from the ‘global’ issues of poverty and injustice to the ‘micro’ issues of cultural identity and the presentation of self in a digital world.
Our staff are some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – they’re the pioneers who are pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. They’ve played a key role in developing social research methods, setting agendas in social and cultural policy, and linking theory to practice.
Through their world-leading research you’ll be at the forefront of current debates and will be encouraged to see the world differently.
Find out more about the Department of Sociology.
**QS World University Rankings by subject 2015
***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
Learning & teaching
You're assigned a personal tutor, who also acts as an academic tutor. Tutors oversee your academic work and progress over the year. In the third year, most students undertake a Dissertation on a subject of their choice, for which they receive supervision.
You'll attend lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.
But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning in lectures and seminars, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.
This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.
Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:
- Independent learning
Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.
Skills & careers
The BA Anthropology and Sociology programme will help you develop the following skills:
- an understanding of human behaviour and organisation
- an understanding of current and emerging concepts and theoretical approaches that are central to sociology and anthropology
- the ability to examine how social, public and civic policy can be influenced by sociological knowledge
- the ability to investigate, appraise and communicate empirical information
- research and problem-solving skills
- communication skills
This degree enables graduates to go on to a wide range of careers, covering areas including:
- social and community work
- business and management
- the media
- the public sector
- the voluntary and charitable sector
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.