Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

LL36

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

Anthropology
Sociology

Course overview

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 anthropology and sociology, so you'll get a good grounding in both subjects. You’ll look at cultural difference and non-Western societies, as well as the sociology of industrial societies.
  • The dynamic nature of the degree means you’ll be able to bring an interdisciplinary angle to any problem, whether that’s arguing your perspective in an essay or coming up with novel solutions in your future career.
  • In your third year, you’ll be able to choose from a range of option modules, tailoring your learning in a way that suits your interests and aspirations. You might choose to explore pertinent topics like gender theory, environmental anthropology, or borders and migration.
  • At Goldsmiths, 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 around the world.
  • Our academics are responsible for actively shaping the disciplines – they are pioneers in their fields, playing key roles in developing our awareness of society and culture.
  • You'll gain 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 Martyn Wemyss

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4) 

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):

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  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 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5) 

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): 

Year 2 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Central Issues in Sociological Analysis 15 credits
  The Making of the Modern World 15 credits
  Anthropology of Religion 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology and the Visual 15 credits
  Politics, Economics and Social Change 30 credits
  Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Sociology and Anthropology 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

You take a compulsory module for Sociology at Level 6:

Year 3 compulsory module Module title Credits
  Theorising Contemporary Society 15 credits

You will then choose a minimum of 30 credits of Sociology options, a minimum of 30 credits of Anthropology options, and 45 credits from either department.

The modules selection has recently included:

Year 3 module options Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Art I 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Development 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Environment 15 credits
  Anthropology and Gender Theory 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Environmental Anthropology 15 or 30 credits
  Anthropology of Health and Medicine I 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Urban Anthropology 15 credits
  Anthropology of Violence 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual: Production Course 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Anthropological Approaches to History 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Ideology and the Secular 15 credits
  Indian and Peasant Politics in Amazonia 15 or 30 credits
  Material Culture 15 credits
  Anthropology and the Visual II 30 credits
  Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
  Anthropology of Art II 15 or 30 credits
  Anthropology of Human Animal Relations 15 or 30 credits
  Psychological Perspectives in Anthropology 15 credits
  Thinking Animals 15 credits
  Borders and Migration 15 credits (UG) 30 credits (PG)
  Learning from Social Movements 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Digital Anthropology Level 6 15 credits
  Staff/Student Research Project 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 25% coursework, 75% written exam
  • Year 2 - 50% coursework, 50% written exam
  • Year 3 - 88% coursework, 12% written exam

*Please note that these averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

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 latest programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We don't assume you have any knowledge of anthropology, and welcome applications from anyone with arts, social studies or science backgrounds. 

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

Course reading is available digitally and through the library. You will be provided with a printed reading pack for some modules, however for the majority of modules you will need to cover the cost of photocopying or printing reading materials if you choose to do this (unless this is covered by a reasonable adjustment agreement).

Some modules require hard copy submission of written or practical work, which may involve associated costs such as printing and binding, artistic supplies, and USB drives.

Some modules will include field trips to free museums or sites within greater London and you'll need to cover the cost of transport to these venues. Occasionally field trips may be organised to venues which charge admission, but these are always optional.

If you undertake work placement modules or fieldwork as part of a module or final individual project or dissertation, you will be responsible for your transport and subsistence costs.

Careers

Skills

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

Careers

Sociologists enter careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. This could be jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, the voluntary sector, management, the creative industries, marketing and policy.

This degree enables graduates to go on to a wide range of careers, covering areas including:

  • social and community work
  • teaching
  • business and management
  • the media
  • the public sector
  • the voluntary and charitable sector

Students who achieve the best results during their undergraduate course may also get the chance to go on to postgraduate research for a higher degree with the aim of making a career in higher education either as a lecturer combining teaching with research or as a specialist researcher.

You can learn more about the career options open to you after you graduate on our Sociology employability pages. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths